CV120 - Luther Konadu, Portraiture en gestuelles — Nicolas Mavrikakis
Ciel variable 120 - Figures of Affirmation (Summer 2022)
Exhibitions (Individual article, digital version)
Luther Konadu, Portraiture en gestuelles
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
From April 17 to October 3 2021
— Nicolas Mavrikakis
Winnipeg artist Luther Konadu’s work is characterized by the fragmentation, repetition, and superimposition of images. Presented as a single installation occupying all the galleries at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, the exhibition Portraitures en gestuelles revealed his approach: photography more likely to evoke reality than describe it. “Konadu seems to say ... that the photographic image is silence, mute,” comments Nicolas Mavrikakis, who feels that Konadu is among those who rise against photographic “truth” and ask us to take account of the context and what is beyond the frame. “Konadu suggests that photographic realism is a historical invention linked to a certain idea of progress, an invention based on belief in the superior power of technologies and sciences,” Mavrikakis writes, noting that the early history of photography was imbued with racism.
Language : English & French
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Nicolas Mavrikakis, “Luther Konadu, Portraiture en gestuelles” in Ciel variable, No. 120, Montreal, 2022, p. 85-87.