#48 Lina Iris Viktor

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

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” in the form of symbols and intricate patterns. 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.

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Title: Yaa Asantewaa / Date: 2016 / Materials: Pure 24 Karat Gold, Acrylic, Gouache, Print on Matte Canvas. / Dimensions: 40 x 52 in / 101.6 x 132.1 cm / Picture Credit: Courtesy of the artist & Mariane Ibrahim Gallery.

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