HAITI MONTREAL: 2 ISLANDS, 2 STORIES, 1 DISTRICT
This photo is taken from an exhibition by the House of Haiti as part of the 375th anniversary of Montreal. It is a historical mixed media journey through painting, photography, videos and audio. Both artistic and educational, the exhibition traces the unique journey of the independent Black First Nation, in parallel with the history of Montreal and its Aboriginal, French and English founding peoples. The conception and the production of the exhibition are realized by Marie-Denise Douyon, visual artist and artistic director, and by Radu Juster, director and photographer. The artists invite you to discover a story that links the destiny of two islands and two peoples, Haitians and Montrealers of Saint-Michel, told through contemporary art.
Visitors will discover the unique contribution of the first black republic in a fascinating historical plot. The liberation movements of the Americas, the consequences of dictatorship and foreign occupation, as well as the migratory movements leading to exile to a land of adoption.
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........