In Development

Autumn 2019

Curated by Renée Mussai

About the exhibition

Lina Iris Viktor’s distinctive work unites mythical symbols and intricate patterns, creating her own language reflecting humanity’s search for sacred experiences. Utilising an opulent palette of blue, white, black and 24-karat gold, Viktor often features her own body abstracted through different lustres of black.

Autograph is developing the first institutional solo exhibition of the Liberian-British artist’s work in the UK.

The exhibition will feature new and existing works by Viktor: more than 48 works on paper from her series The Dark Continent, a selection of unique paintings on canvas, an immersive installation and a new artist commission.


This exhibition project is in development at Autograph. We will update this page with our research and progress.

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An artist monograph will accompany the exhibition, launching in Autumn 2019 at Autograph’s gallery in Shoreditch. Published by Autograph in partnership with Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago.

About the artist

Lina Iris Viktor chooses to work in a strictly limited world - it is a mythical one of her creation existing within the zen-influenced, blurred lines of the real and the imagined.

Viktor is a conceptual artist, performance artist, and painter. She lives and works itinerantly between New York and London.

Raised in London to Liberian parents, she traveled extensively in her youth also living in Johannesburg, South Africa for many years. The multi-disciplinary approach to her work, which weaves disparate materials and methods belonging both to contemporary and ancient art forms calls into question the nature of time and being. Her works are a merging of photography, performance, 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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Viktor regards these dark canvases to be 'light-works'. Each provoke a philosophical commentary through material that at once addresses the infinite and the finite, immortality and mortality, the microcosm and macrocosm, in addition to the socio-political and historical preconceptions surrounding ‘blackness’ and its universal implications.

Viktor’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by a background in film which she studied at Sarah Lawrence College, and her continued studies within photography & design at The School of Visual Arts, along with an education in performance arts during high school.

Viktor creates her own mythology as a painter, sculptor, photographer, and performance artist.

Her work has been exhibited at New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Harvard Art Museums and The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, Boston; The Kentucky Museum of Arts & Craft, Louisville; and Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Georgia. Viktor has engaged in critical talks, panels & lectures at Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Harvard University, New York University, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), King’s College London, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Saint Louis Art Museum and Autograph.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Images, from top: 1) Lina Iris Viktor, Third [detail], 2017-8. Pure 24 Karat Gold, Acrylic, Ink, Gouache, Copolymer Resin, Print on Cotton Rag Paper. 2) Lina Iris Viktor, No. XX from the series The Dark Continent, 2017. Pure 24-karat gold, acrylic, ink, print on cotton rag paper. 3) Lina Iris Viktor, No. XXII from the series The Dark Continent, 2017. Pure 24-karat gold, acrylic, ink, print on cotton rag paper. 4) Lina Iris Viktor, Materia Prima, 2015. Pure 24K Gold, Acrylic, Gouache, Print on Matte Canvas. 5) Lina Iris Viktor, Constellations III, 2016. Pure 24K Gold, Acrylic, Gouache on Matte Canvas.

All works © 2019 Lina Iris Viktor. Courtesy of the artist / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago