Work from the Collection

Dark silhouette : Composition of borrowed inlets

Date: 2018
Medium: Sculpture
Materials: Acrylic resin, Wood
Collection: Lafayette anticipations - Fonds de dotation Famille Moulin

Matthew Angelo Harrison is an African-American artist whose sculpture stands at the intersection of anthropology, science fiction and industrial design. His series Dark Silhouette consists of African artefacts set in transparent resin blocks, into which he carves reliefs and geometric perforations. Taken out of their native context and inserted into a foreign setting, these artefacts are a reminder that Western museums abound with objects removed from their places of origin by colonial violence. The very material of this figure, wood from another continent, suggests an uprooting, whether long ago or recent, and the push and pull between the lands from which we come – which are often unknown, like the exact provenance of this object – and those we end up calling home.


Exhibitions

Humain automne : Déroutes
MAC-VAL, ()
from 05 Apr to 22 Sep 2024
Hope
Museion, Bolzano (Italie )
from 30 Sep 2023 to 25 Feb 2024
Au-delà. Rituels pour un nouveau monde
Lafayette Anticipations - Fondation Galeries Lafayette, Paris (France)
from 14 Feb to 07 May 2023
Berlin Atonal Festival 2021 - Metabolic Rift
Kraftwerk, Berlin (Allemagne)
from 23 Sep to 31 Oct 2021
You
Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (France)
from 11 Oct 2019 to 16 Feb 2020