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Mozaik Masks

The Mozaik Mask series illustrates the diversity of the different black communities around the world and the many ethnic groups within the African continent.

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Title: Mozaik Masks

Artist: Marie Denise Douyon

Medium: Mixed - Color and oil pencils and acrylic

I started this series during my travels by rendering colored sketches. Upon returning to Montreal, I numerically retouched these drawing, enlarged them and printed them on canvas. Once the art was printed, I redrew with colored and oil pencils on the canvas and added some acrylic paint to it.

Artist's Statement

As a visual artist, I have participated in several artistic projects, exhibitions, fairs and conferences which allowed me to develop the following skills in : - participating in the setting of exhibitions and working with the light engineers, curators, media and public relation agents; - greeting the public, helping and answering their questions related to the exhibition; - solving unexpected issues and providing adapted solutions rapidly. In 2011 I was recently commissioned by the city of Montreal and the MICC, immigration Ministry to produce a documentary on Haitian refugees of the earthquake. Lastly, I believe that Contemporary Art plays a major role in the social fabric of our societies and that the artist, by his intellectual function can intervene and engage himself in the social debate by denouncing, raising critical or questioning current issues.

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NOMA Presents: “Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred.”
Lina Iris Viktor's first major museum exhibit will be on display at NOMA from October 5th through January 6th.

 

The phenomenal and thriving artist Lina Iris Viktor will present her first major museum exhibit at The New Orleans Museum of Art, opening this fall. Titled Lina Iris Viktor: A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred, the installation will be on display from October 5th, 2018 through January 6th, 2019.

A Haven. A Hell. A Dream Deferred will feature an entirely new body of work created by Viktor that investigates the narratives surrounding America’s involvement in the founding of Liberia. Throughout the exhibit, the artist reimagines the rich history of Liberia’s colonial past. “Liberia appears in Viktor’s re-imagining as a kind of paradise lost, and as a cautionary tale,” said Allison Young, an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow of Contemporary Art. “At the same time, her work transcends this narrative, revealing how examples of visual culture—from Dutch Wax fabrics to national emblems to gestures in the history of portraiture—exist as remnants of these colonial histories.”

Based in New York, the British-Liberian artist is highly known for her luxurious large-scale paintings and installations that are adorned with gold and include references to both modern and traditional West African culture.

“NOMA is pleased to present Lina Iris Viktor’s exhibition, and to foreground a lesser-known history of which the American South was a part,” said Susan Taylor, NOMA’s Montine McDaniel Freeman Director. “In this series, Viktor offers her unique perspective on a complex and multifaceted history.”

Programs related to the exhibition feature conversations led by Lina Iris Viktor and Allison Young, a film series, and a special talk with Viktor and curator Renée Mussai. For more information, please visit NOMA READ MORE........

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