some are born to endless night — Dark Matter. (2019)
Published by Autograph ABP | UK
Become immersed in deep lustres of black punctuated with luminous 24-karat gold and opulent ultramarine blue hues in Lina Iris Viktor’s singular artistic universe. This is the British-Liberian artist’s first major solo exhibition in the UK, with more than 60 works on display in two galleries, many seen for the first time.
Her photography, painting and sculptural installations are infused with cultural histories of the global African diaspora and preoccupied with multifaceted notions of blackness: as colour, as material and as socio-political consciousness. To Viktor, black is the proverbial “materia prima”: the source, the dark matter that birthed everything.
A hardcover artist monograph will accompany the exhibition, edited by curator Renée Mussai with texts by Emmanuel Iduma, Yrsa Daley-Ward, Christina Sharpe, and an in-depth conversation between Lina Iris Viktor and Renée Mussai. The monograph is published by Autograph with kind support of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago.
to be released October 2019
A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred. (2018)
Published by Skira Editore | Milan
Edited by Allison K. Young
Texts by Allison K. Young, Renée Mussai and Emmanuel Iduma.
A publication devoted to the British-Liberian artist to commemorate her first solo museum exhibition.
Lina Iris Viktor’s mixed media works reflect on the relationship between art, prophecy, and spiritual belief. Merging self-portraiture with opulent geometric backdrops, Viktor draws from a variety of influences such as ancient mythology, West and Central African tribal cosmologies, Aboriginal dream paintings, African textiles, astronomy and contemporary visual culture.
Viktor’s new series for the New Orleans Museum of Art looks to the history of the Republic of Liberia, from which her parents were forced to flee amidst civil war in the 1980s. Liberia, established in West Africa as an act of American “altruism” following the abolishment of the international slave trade, exists as a place of confusion for the artist and is presented as an uneasy utopia and a cautionary tale. The nation was founded in the early nineteenth century by the American Colonization Society, a private society that petitioned for the abolition of slavery as well as the resettlement of freed African Americans in West Africa. Extending Viktor’s engagement with the entanglement of Liberia’s founding to the history of slavery and abolitionism in the United States prior to the Civil War, this exhibition will also feature works that consider the history of slavery in the U.S. South as well as the complexity of New Orleans’ own historical and cultural links to Africa.
Art of Jazz: Form / Performance / Notes (2017)
Published by Harvard University Press
Edited by David Bindman, Suzanne Preston Blier, & Vera Ingrid Grant
Paperback, 176 pages | 9 x 10 inches | 109 color illustrations
This catalogue documents the exhibition Art of Jazz, a collaborative installation at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art with one section (FORM) installed at the Harvard Art Museums. The book explores the intersection of the visual arts and jazz music, and presents a visual feast of full color plates of artworks, preceded by a series of essays.
Visual artists represented in ‘Form’ include Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Romare Bearden, and Stuart Davis. ‘Performance’ includes art by Hugh Bell, Carl Van Vechten, and Romare Bearden; additional album cover art by Joseph Albers, Ben Shahn, Andy Warhol, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers; and posters and photographs of Josephine Baker and Lena Horne. ‘Notes’ includes art by Cullen Washington, Norman Lewis, Walter Davis, Lina Iris Viktor, Petite Noir, Ming Smith, Richard Yarde, Christopher Myers, Whitfield Lovell, and Jason Moran.