Lina Iris Viktor



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Allison Young, Renée Mussai, Emmanuel Iduma


A publication devoted to the British-Liberian artist to commemorate her first solo museum exhibition.

Lina Iris Viktor’s mixed media works reflect on the relationship between art, prophecy, and spiritual belief. Merging self-portraiture with opulent geometric backdrops, Viktor draws from a variety of influences such as ancient mythology, West and Central African tribal cosmologies, Aboriginal dream paintings, African textiles, astronomy and contemporary visual culture.

Viktor’s new series for the New Orleans Museum of Art looks to the history of the Republic of Liberia, from which her parents were forced to flee amidst civil war in the 1980s. Liberia, established in West Africa as an act of American “altruism” following the abolishment of the international slave trade, exists as a place of confusion for the artist and is presented as an uneasy utopia and a cautionary tale. The nation was founded in the early nineteenth century by the American Colonization Society, a private society that petitioned for the abolition of slavery as well as the resettlement of freed African Americans in West Africa. Extending Viktor’s engagement with the entanglement of Liberia’s founding to the history of slavery and abolitionism in the United States prior to the Civil War, this exhibition will also feature works that consider the history of slavery in the U.S. South as well as the complexity of New Orleans’ own historical and cultural links to Africa.

Additional information

Weight 550 g
Dimensions 22.2 x 27.9 cm
Publisher name Skira Editore S.p.A
Publication date 1 September 2019
Number of pages 88
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 22.2 x 27.9 cm
Weight 550 g


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Allison Young is NOMA Curatorial Fellow.

Renée Mussai is Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP in London.

Emmanuel Iduma, born and raised in Nigeria, is a writer and art critic.