Wednesday, October 17, 2007

2: Proverb, by Mario Lewis

19 October to 9 November, 2007, in the Alice Yard Space

mario lewis proverb

Still from Proverb (2005), a video work

In Proverb ... Mario Lewis presents an installation meditating on the diasporan experience, commenting on "migration, history and belonging", and what he calls a "hybrid film" explores "the passing of time, estrangement, [and] alienation as a poetic construct"....

Leading on from what seems to have begun as an exploration of the UK which was perhaps also a search for his own place within the scheme of things, Lewis has created a new context that selectively combines the fruits of his research, thoughts and encounters from two different times and places in his life.... The video is a visceral representation of alienation, at the same time playing with the medium of the moving image.

-- Asako Yokoya

(Proverb was first shown at the 198 Gallery in London from 21 January to 4 March, 2005.)

Bio: Mario Lewis studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and Goldsmiths College in London. He has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the Santo Domingo and Dakar Biennials (2003 and 2002), and Latitudes (Paris, 2004). His solo shows include Blind Spot (2002), How Yuh Like Meh Now (2003), and Proverb (2005). He returned to Trinidad in 2005 with the aim of establishing a foundation for research and development of visual arts in the Caribbean. He spearheaded the Galvanize programme that ran in September and October 2006.

Proverb opens on Friday 19 October, 2007, at 7.30 pm, in the Alice Yard Space. Mario Lewis will engage in a conversation about contemporary art in Trinidad and the legacy of Galvanize 2006 with artist Adam Williams and architect Sean Leonard. All are invited.

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