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 exhibition in the UK, with more than 60 works on display in two galleries, many seen for the first time.
Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born To Endless Night — Dark Matter starts 13 September 2019
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.
Autograph has commissioned four new unique works on paper by the artist for Some Are Born To Endless Night — Dark Matter which form part of her ongoing Dark Continent series.
These new works will enter the Autograph Archive, our unique collection of photographic material which reflects Autograph's mission: to use photography to explore questions of cultural identity, race, representation, human rights and social justice.
Unique variations (5 + AP ) are available for acquisition.
A new limited edition print by the artist will be available for acquisition exclusively through Autograph. Commissioned especially for the exhibition We are the Night — The Keepers of Light, 2015-9 is a Giclée photographic print made from a unique artist proof (AP), each work is signed and numbered.
Edition of 48 + 5 APs, 62.9 x 75.6cm, unframed
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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’.
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).
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Banner image: Lina Iris Viktor, II. For Some Are Born to Endless Night. Dark Matter., 2015-9. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.
Page images, from top left: 1) Lina Iris Viktor, from Dark Continent, 2018-9, Courtesy of the Artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 2) Lina Iris Viktor, from Dark Continent, 2018-9, Courtesy of the Artist / Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 3) Lina Iris Viktor, We Dream of Primordial Futures. Deo Optimo Maximo., 2015-9. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 4) Lina Iris Viktor, NO. XVI COUNTER MEMORIES OF THE HEALER. From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII - XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 5) Lina Iris Viktor, After the long sleep we now wake . . . From the series Dark Testament, 2015-9. Commissioned by Autograph. Courtesy the artist and Autograph, London. 6) Lina Iris Viktor, We are the Night —The Keepers of Light, 2015-9. Commissioned by Autograph. Courtesy the artist and Autograph, London. 7) Lina Iris Viktor, Third, from the series A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, 2017-8. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 8) Lina Iris Viktor, First, from the series A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, 2017-8. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 9)Lina Iris Viktor, NO. XX A PROPHECY. AND THE SCRAMBLE BEGAN. . . From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII - XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. 10)Lina Iris Viktor, No. XXII. FOR IF THEY TAKE YOU IN THE MORNING, WE'LL BE COMING FOR YOU AT NIGHT. From the series DARK CONTINENT XIII - XXIV THE FALL, 2017. Courtesy of the artist and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.