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Some are Born to Endless Night — Dark Matter

Autograph | London, United Kingdom

September 13th 2019 — January 25th 2020


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.

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.

This is the British-Liberian artist’s first major solo institutional exhibition in the UK, with more than 60 works on display in two galleries.


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The Times, Elephant, Harpers Bazaar, British Photo Journal

Evening Standard, ES Magazine, Artsy


A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.

New Orleans Museum of Art | New Orleans, Louisiana

October 5th 2018 — January 6th 2019


Recasting factual and fantastical narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia, “Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred”. explores a mythicized history of the West African nation. Central to Viktor’s gilded portraits is the mercurial figure of the Libyan Sibyll; from the Latin “sibyl” meaning prophetess, she is an ancient figure of fate and foresight, later invoked by eighteenth-century abolitionists as the predictor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.


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Cultured Magazine, Artsy, Harpers Bazaar Art, Art Newspaper, AnOther Magazine

Dazed & Confused, NOMA Magazine, Evening Standard



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Radical Love

Ford Foundation | New York, New York

June 11th 2019 — August 27th 2019

Through the theme of “Utopian Imagination'“, the trilogy of exhibitions in the gallery's inaugural year create a trajectory toward a more just future. The first exhibition, “Perilous Bodies” (March 4 - May 11, 2019), examined injustice through the intersecting lens of violence, race, gender, ethnicity, and class. “Radical Love” responds to the first show by offering love as the answer to a world in peril.

Love, in the context of this exhibition, is defined by a commitment to the spiritual growth and interconnectedness of the individual, their community, and stewardship of the planet. Guided by the powerful words of bell hooks, “Were we all seeing more images of loving human interaction, it would undoubtedly have a positive impact on our lives.” The works in “Radical Love” are grounded in ideas of devotion, abundance, and beauty; here, otherness and marginality is celebrated, adorned, and revered.

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New York Times, ArtNews, Hyperallergic, Garage, Cool Hunting, Office Magazine, Kolaj Magazine


Re-Significations: The Black Mediterranean

Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC) | Manifesta 12 Biennial, City of Palermo

June 6th 2018 — November 4th 2018


Re-Significations exhibition will continue onto Palermo, Italy for the 12th edition of the Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial, as a continuation of the Re-Significations exhibit that was launched and exhibited at 3 different venues in Florence, Italy in 2015. "Re-Significations: The Black Mediterranean" extends the curatorial narrative by staging works in which African and African Diasporic conventions of art making inscribe such histories and subjectivities through their subjects and styles. Like its sister exhibition, Re-Significations will display the innovative ways with which artists translate, extend and project traditions of making art to inscribe black subjects and contexts in world history. From geometrical to painterly and sculptural, musical and photographic traditions and their re-inventions, the exhibition illustrates how the dialogical display across time and space reflect visual and performing arts and how they produce archives, texts and artistic methods of the black world. 


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The Woven Arc

The Cooper Gallery | Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts 

May 20th 2016 — July 16th 2016


The Woven Arc explores the visual dialogues between an unusual selection of artworks not usually posed in conversation with each other: figurative and abstract sculptures, paintings, prints, and textiles, along with mixed media and performance-based video. On View from the permanent collection—a Yinka Shonibare Food Faerie, a Nick Cave Soundsuit, and a conceptual piece by Peter Sacks—inspired us to consider other artworks that vibrate and move with sumptuous surfaces, embedded texts, an overt and oblique presence of the black body, and our historical legacies of the African and African American experience. 


Featured artworks by El Anatsui, Nick Cave, Glenn Ligon, Grace Ndiritu, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Peter Sacks, Yinka Shonibare, and Lina Iris Viktor. They share charged, tangential and symbolic aesthetics that resonate across the galleries. The works are activated by an array of legacy textiles and hats, selected by David Adjaye—installation in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. 


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Some are born to endless night — Dark Matter, Lina Iris Viktor,

 Autograph ABP | London, United Kingdom

13 September, 2019 — 25 January, 2020

Figuring the Floral,

Wave Hill | New York

21 July — 1 December, 2019

Get Up, Stand Up Now — Generations of Black Creative Pioneers,

Somerset House | London

12 June — 15 September, 2019

radical love,

 The Ford Foundation | New York

11 June — 17 August, 2019

A haven. A hell. A dream deferred., Lina Iris Viktor,

 New Orleans Museum Of Art | New Orleans, LA

5 October 2018 — 6 January, 2019

Re-Significations: The Black Mediterranean

Zisa Zona Arti Contemporanee (ZAC) | Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial 12 | Palermo, Italy

6 June — 30 September, 2018


Hopes Springing High — Gifts Of Art By African American Artists,

Crocker Art Museum | Sacramento, California

18 February — 15 July, 2018


Black Exodus: Act I — Materia Prima, lina iris viktor,

Amar Gallery | London, United Kingdom

12 September  — 20 October, 2017


Line, Motions and Ritual,

Magnan Metz | New York, New York

12 July  — 18 August, 2017


Back Stories,

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery | Seattle, Washington

25 January — 25 March, 2017


As The Cosmos Unfolds (Formationism 1.),

The Cob Gallery | London, United Kingdom

10 November — 3 December, 2016


Sisters of the Moon,

Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft | Louisville, Kentucky

15 October — 8 January, 2017


Africa Forecast: Fashioning Contemporary life,

Spelman College Museum of Fine Arts | Atlanta, Georgia

15 September — 3 December, 2016


The Woven Arc,

The Cooper Gallery | Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts

20 May — 16 July, 2016


Art of Jazz: Form, Performance, Notes,


The Cooper Gallery & Harvard Art Museums | Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts

3 February — 8 May, 2016


Arcadia: Into the Blue, Lina Iris Viktor,

Scope International Contemporary Art Show | Miami Art Basel

2 December — 7 December, 2014


Intangible Beauty: Beautiful Women & the Endless Void,

 Kasher|Potamkin Gallery | New York, New York

6 September — 1 November, 2014


Arcadia, Lina Iris Viktor,

Gallery 151 | New York, New York

22 May — 10 July, 2014



 Rox Gallery | New York, New York

17 September — 31 October, 2013