Some Are Born To Endless Night – Dark Matter

Lina Iris Viktor
Autograph, 2020
Some Are Born To Endless Night – Dark Matter: Lina Iris Viktor
Publisher: Autograph
Dimensions: 11 x 9 in, 28 x 23 cm
Pages: 224
ISBN-13: 1899282777
$ 65.00

Accompanying Autograph’s critically-acclaimed Lina Iris Viktor exhibition, this is the first comprehensive monograph showcasing the British-Liberian artist’s work. Published to accompany Autograph's exhibition Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born to Endless Night — Dark Matter (12 September 2019 – 25 January 2020).


Some Are Born To Endless Night — Dark Matter is a beautifully produced, deluxe artist book with cloth cover, gilded page edges, embossed lettering in gold foil, and gloss varnished black-on-black endpapers. The book’s design reflects the artist’s intricate, labyrinthine patterns, her playful emphasis on different tonalities and densities of black, and ritualistic use of 24-karat gold. The core of the publication comprises 48 works from Viktor's Dark Continent series, an imaginary riposte to the nineteenth-century myth of Africa as the ‘dark continent’.


Bringing together a curated selection of Viktor’s exquisite black, gold and ultramarine blue color works, Some Are Born To Endless Night — Dark Matter is enriched with photographs documenting Autograph’s exhibition, and new texts by celebrated writers Christina Sharpe, Emmanuel Iduma and Yrsa Daley-Ward. An in-depth conversation between the artist and curator Renée Mussai is included in three parts.