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 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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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.