Lina Iris Viktor (based between New York and London) manages a multidisciplinary practice that weaves disparate materials and methods, both contemporary and ancient, to question the nature of time and being. By using photography, performance, abstract painting, and an ancient practice of gilding with 24- karat gold, Viktor explores the “otherworldliness” and spiritual value of metal.
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.
Lina Iris Viktor has exhibited at New Orleans Museum of Art, Harvard Art Museums and The Cooper Gallery, Harvard University, The Kentucky Museum of Arts & Craft, and Spelman Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College. The artist has also engaged in critical talks, panels and lectures at the 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.