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Paul Maheke

Born, 1985 in Brive-la-Gaillarde

Paul Maheke was one of the artists selected for Diaspora Pavilion | Venice to Wolverhampton, “a re-staging of a selection of works previously shown in the exhibition Diaspora Pavilion that took place in Venice during the the 57th Venice Biennale last year. The works shown here are by seven of the 19 artists who were part of the Venice show, all of who were selected due to the variety of ways that their practices engage with diaspora as a concept.

The Diaspora Pavilion grew out of a desire to provide a space for artists to pose counter-narratives that interrogate the notion of diaspora and a topical interest in the impact of increased global mobility, displacement and migration on culture. The idea of diaspora here functions as a tool with which to explore how artistic practice has been influenced by cross-cultural exchange.

… In the Focus Gallery Paul Maheke presents The River Asked for a Kiss (To Pateh Sabally), a series of four hanging curtains on printed text, and In the Watery Core of those Stories, which includes two fish tanks placed on the floor. Both works explicitly reference the Venetian canal, echoing Maheke’s interest in water as a subject through which to explore issues around migration and displacement.

Curated by David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor”

The above text is from the brochure accompanying the exhibition, which took place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, 10 February - 29 April 2018.

The brochure described Maheke’s current research as imagining  “the body as an archive, using its waters as pathways to information and knowledge. This investigation occupies a metaphorical space in which the body resonates and echoes with the broader socio-political and historical context that have created it. With particular attention to dance, Maheke aims to rearticulate the representations of queer Blackness that emerge from Western imaginations by addressing history through non-human subjectivity. Maheke was born in France, and lives and works in London. He was awarded the South London Gallery Residency 2015-16 and his exhibition I Lost Track of the Swarm was exhibited in their first floor galleries in late spring 2016. Recent projects include: Ten Days Six Nights, curated by Catherine Wood and Andrea Lissoni, Tate Modern, London (2017); Acqua Alta, Sultana Gallery, Paris (2017, solo show); What Flows Through and Across, Assembly Point, London (2017, solo show). Upcoming shows include a solo show at Chisenhale Gallery, London (April, 2018), the Baltic Triennial, the Rennes Biennale and Manifesta.”

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom