Lina Iris Viktor, conceptual artist, lives and works itinerantly between New York and London.
The multi-disciplinary approach to her work weaves disparate materials and methods, both contemporary and ancient, to question the nature of time and being. Her works merge photography, performance, abstract painting, and an ancient practice, gilding, which she uses 24-karat gold. Her practice creates 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 provoking a philosophical commentary. The material addresses the infinite and the finite, immortality and mortality, the microcosm and macrocosm. Additionally addressing the socio-political and historical preconceptions surrounding ‘blackness’ and its universal implications.
Viktor’s multi-disciplinary practice is informed by her film background, studied at Sarah Lawrence College, her continued studies within photography and 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.
Viktor has 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, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Autograph ABP.