Preview: MANUEL MATHIEU 'Truth to Power'

Thu - 16/11/17

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP

Event Details

Tiwani Contemporary now represents Manuel Mathieu and is pleased to present Truth to Power his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Mathieu is known for his large paintings, which oscillate between abstraction and figuration. With a distinctive style, at once gestural and expressionist, he depicts the figure in mutation: testing its physical boundaries and merging with the adjoining environment. Departing from purely formal considerations and his work’s filiation from post-war abstract expressionism, Mathieu’s interest in deconstructing the human figure addresses the history of Haiti, in relation to ideas of dehumanisation and resistance.  

The exhibition focuses on new, previously unseen work inspired by specific events during the successive dictatorships of father and son, François and Jean-Claude Duvalier. Known respectively as Papa Doc and Baby Doc, their dictatorships are exemplified by violence, trauma, and a coerced national amnesia that leaves those events undiscussed and ultimately forgotten. Works such as 1963, Numa, Fort Dimanche, Madame Max Adolphe, refer to specific times, spaces and people that are closely tied with the history of the country, while others such as The Search speak to the psychological effects of the police state. Here Mathieu paradoxically uses abstraction to deal with traumatic events and to tackle issues around the representation of pain and violence, and by so doing, questioning how art can represent ‘real’ violence without idealisation and exaggeration.
About Manuel Mathieu
Manuel Mathieu was born in Haiti in 1986 and is currently based in Montreal, Canada. He studied Visual and Media Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal and obtained a Master’s in Fine Arts  from  Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2016. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition  at ICA, London (curated by Fatoş Üstek, 2015), Deptford X, London (2016), Grand Palais, Paris (Haïti: Deux  Siècles de  Création,  2014) and  Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC), Montreal (2014). In 2017, Mathieu participated in his first art fair in the form of a sell-out solo presentation during Art Brussels that was shortlisted for the SOLO Prize.  

Time

Thursday 16th of November, 2017

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location

Tiwani Contemporary,

16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP

2017-11-16 18:30:00 2017-11-16 20:30:00 Europe/London Preview: MANUEL MATHIEU 'Truth to Power' <table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" align="center" width="750" class="m_-5395552212223971352mailing-container" bgcolor="#ffffff" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);"><tbody><tr><td style="margin:0px;padding:30px 15px 40px;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="margin:0px;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-5395552212223971352ace-item" style="margin:0px;"><div class="m_-5395552212223971352text-style-body-text" style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:14px;letter-spacing:0px;line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;">Tiwani Contemporary now represents Manuel Mathieu and is pleased to present<i> Truth to Power</i> his first solo exhibition at the gallery. Mathieu is known for his large paintings, which oscillate between abstraction and figuration. With a distinctive style, at once gestural and expressionist, he depicts the figure in mutation: testing its physical boundaries and merging with the adjoining environment. Departing from purely formal considerations and his work’s filiation from post-war abstract expressionism, Mathieu’s interest in deconstructing the human figure addresses the history of Haiti, in relation to ideas of dehumanisation and resistance.  <br><br>The exhibition focuses on new, previously unseen work inspired by specific events during the successive dictatorships of father and son, François and Jean-Claude Duvalier. Known respectively as Papa Doc and Baby Doc, their dictatorships are exemplified by violence, trauma, and a coerced national amnesia that leaves those events undiscussed and ultimately forgotten. Works such as <i>1963, Numa, Fort Dimanche, Madame Max Adolphe</i>, refer to specific times, spaces and people that are closely tied with the history of the country, while others such as <i>The Search</i> speak to the psychological effects of the police state. Here Mathieu paradoxically uses abstraction to deal with traumatic events and to tackle issues around the representation of pain and violence, and by so doing, questioning how art can represent ‘real’ violence without idealisation and exaggeration.<br></div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" align="center" width="750" class="m_-5395552212223971352mailing-container" bgcolor="#ffffff" style="color:rgb(34,34,34);font-family:arial, sans-serif;font-size:12.8px;background-color:rgb(255,255,255);"><tbody><tr><td style="margin:0px;padding:15px 20px;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td style="margin:0px;"><table cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" border="0" width="100%"><tbody><tr><td class="m_-5395552212223971352ace-item" style="margin:0px;"><div class="m_-5395552212223971352text-style-body-text" style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Georgia, serif;font-size:14px;letter-spacing:0px;line-height:1.6;text-align:justify;"><b>About Manuel Mathieu</b><br>Manuel Mathieu was born in Haiti in 1986 and is currently based in Montreal, Canada. He studied Visual and Media Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal and obtained a Master’s in Fine Arts  from  Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2016. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition  at ICA, London (curated by Fatoş Üstek, 2015), Deptford X, London (2016), Grand Palais, Paris (<i>Haïti: Deux  Siècles de  Création</i>,  2014) and  Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC), Montreal (2014). In 2017, Mathieu participated in his first art fair in the form of a sell-out solo presentation during Art Brussels that was shortlisted for the SOLO Prize.  </div></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table></td></tr></tbody></table> 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP Jenny Judova [email protected]
  • Tiwani Contemporary
  • Grand Palais
  • Media Arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal
  • University of London
  •  Goldsmiths College
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