Lina Iris Viktor in Conversation:
The Value of Blackness

Thur 7 Nov
7 - 8:30pm

£5 / 4

About the Event

Curator Renée Mussai in conversation with Lina Iris Viktor, discussing the artist’s conceptual art practice combining photography, performance, painting and sculpture with ancient gilding techniques.

Over two years, they have been engaged in an ongoing conversation centred around Viktor’s idea of the 'value of blackness': as colour, as material and as socio-political consciousness. Their collaborative relationship has culminated in Viktor's exhibition Some Are Born to Endless Night — Dark Matter at Autograph and accompanying publication.

Join us as they explore the genesis of the exhibition and book, and key themes and influences in Viktor’s work - touching on creative agency, the psychology of colour, etymology, astrophysics, imbued symbolisms and cultural histories of the global African diaspora.

The evening will end with an audience Q&A.


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"Lina Iris Viktor’s magnificent work centres the black figure as the universal human form through which narratives are weaved, histories entwined and possible futures imagined"

Renée Mussai, Curator

limited edition book

Ahead of the general release of a Autograph's new monograph of Lina Iris Viktor's work, a small number of special hand-gilded, signed editions of the book are exclusively available at Autograph's gallery.  This collectable edition will be available at the event.

Autograph is a registered charity, and all sales support our educational artistic programmes.

Part of the exhibition

Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born To Endless Night - Dark Matter

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Lina Iris Viktor lives and works itinerantly between New York and London. Raised in London to Liberian parents, she travelled extensively in her youth, and also lived in Johannesburg, South Africa, for several years. Viktor’s multifaceted practice is informed by a background in theatre and film at Sarah Lawrence College, New York, and her continued studies in photography and design at The School of Visual Arts, along with an education in performance arts during high school.

Working with a restricted colour palette, her artworks are a blend of photography, performance and abstract painting, along with the ancient practice of gilding with 24-karat gold to create increasingly dark canvases embedded with ‘layers of light’.

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Selected solo exhibitions include A Heaven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, NOMA, New Orleans (2018); The Black Ark, The Armory Show, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, New York (2018); Black Exodus: Act 1 – Materia Prima, Amar Gallery, London (2017); Arcadia, Gallery 151, New York (2014).

Since 2014 her work has featured in numerous group exhibitions internationally, including recently Radical Love at Ford Foundation Gallery, New York (2019); Get Up, Stand Up at Somerset House, London (2019); and Re-Significations: European Blackamoors, Africa Readings, Manifesta Art Biennial 12, Palermo, Italy (2018), among others. Viktor was a contributor to the 2019 Spring issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

Her work is held in the public collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC; the Crocker Museum of Fine Art, Sacramento, California; Autograph, London; and many private collections worldwide. She is represented by Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago.

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Banner image: Lina Iris Viktor- Some Are Born To Endless Night- Dark Matter at Autograph London 13 September - 25 January 2020. Curated by Renée Mussai. Photograph courtesy Ben Reeves.

Page images, from top left: 1) Lina Iris Viktor, Third [detail], from the series A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, 2017-8. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 2) Lina Iris Viktor, Constellation IX [detail], 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 3) Lina Iris Viktor, No. XXVI Refuge from the aftermath . . . A Reckoning to come. From the series Dark Continent — Act III: The Wake, 2018-9. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 4) Lina Iris Viktor, No. XXXII Enamored with the Circularity of Time . . . From the series DARK CONTINENT — ACT III: THE WAKE No. XXV — No. XXXVI, 2018-19. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 5) Lina Iris Viktor- Some Are Born To Endless Night- Dark Matter at Autograph London 13 September - 25 January 2020. Curated by Renée Mussai. Photograph courtesy Ben Reeves. 6) Rivington Place, home of Autograph. Photograph by Zoe Maxwell.