Working in a solely black and gold colour palette, the artist negotiates artistic and socio-political definitions of ‘blackness’, whilst exploring existing narratives surrounding race and the African diaspora. Viktor’s practice merges photography, performance and 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.
Following her talk, Renée Mussai, Senior Curator and Head of Architve & Research at Autograph ABP, will join the conversation. The evening will end with a Q&A with the audience.
This event coincides with Viktor’s first London solo exhibition Black Exodus: Act 1 Materia Prima’ at Amar Gallery, 12 September - 20 October.
Discussing her exhibition, Viktor explains: “Black Exodus explores the charged topic of race universally, lifting the veil of seemingly ‘colour-blind’ societies, and reinvestigating stereotypes surrounding ‘blackness’ … The exhibition repositions the colour as a ‘materia prima’ - the ultimate presence that is the source of all matter, all people and all life; it is the place from which gold and precious materials are mined, and in which stars and planets are born.”