Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc explores areas often neglected by (post) colonial history through art, research, publishing, and programming. His work is characterised by a diversity of media (sound, video, text, drawing, sculpture, collections of objects) and deals with the concepts of oblivion andexploitation, as well as the violent nature of official narratives and archives. Drawing on social and natural sciences, the artist produces new narratives that lie between evidence and fiction.
For his new sound installation—produced in partnership with Thomas Tilly— he uses the work of Guyanese author Wilson Harris (1921-2018) and the text The Music of Living Landscapes as a starting point. Like a deciphering of the alphabet evoked by Harris, the exhibition ‘In the Womb of the Glass Ship’ offers a subjective and sensory understanding of knowledge, identity, and language.
The exhibition is coproduced by Centre d’Art Contemporain d’Ivry, Le Crédac (FR) where it will travel next year.
The public programme of the exhibition is supported by COCOF.