Manuel Mathieu’s Haiti on view at Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) opens two exhibitions by artist Manuel Mathieu, World Discovered Under Other Skies and Dwelling on the Invisible, which will debut as the Haitian artist’s first, major solo presentation in the U.S. Both open to the public on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

“Manuel’s artworks are as compelling visually as they are critical in reflecting the complex histories and present realities that exist both globally and here in our own community,” Chana Sheldon, MOCA Executive Director, said.

At MOCA, Mathieu’s World Discovered Under Other Skies, which first debuted in 2020 at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, will be an extended look at the artist’s examination of the long-lasting repercussions of the Haitian revolution and the country’s quest for self-determination. Curated by Amin Alsaden, this presentation offers a reflective journey that is both an educational and emotional experience.

Alongside it, Mathieu will also present a brand new body of work titled Dwelling on the Invisible. Curated by MOCA’s Adeze Wilford, this exhibition is an extension of World Discovered Under Other Skies, and offers a variety of recent works, including several large-scale paintings, photography, sculpture, video and mosaic installation. 

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Mathieu’s practice is heavily influenced by the recollection of complex histories of his familial homeland. Across his works, Mathieu takes inspiration from Haiti’s global positioning and influence, unearthing the traumas of state violence to address issues that remain as urgent today as they have been throughout history.

Pairing the artist’s new striking visual oeuvre, alongside his figurative paintings and ceramics, both shows offer a deeply thoughtful, multimedia view of the intimate lines that run between past, present, personal and political. 

“In bringing this work to North Miami, specifically, my aim is to share my outrage and discomfort along with my hope and desire for change in my family’s homeland,” Manuel Mathieu said. “Grappling with these powerful, contradictory emotions right out in the open, I hope that audiences both locally and globally will feel welcome to confront these lived experiences and shared histories and consider how we’ve contextualized our homeland and reckon with its fractured histories.”

In conjunction with these exhibitions, MOCA will host various educational and public programs. For more information on MOCA’s upcoming shows and programming, please visit the museum’s website

About Manuel Mathieu

Manuel Mathieu is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal. He is best known for his vibrant, colorful paintings, which deftly merge abstraction and figuration. Mathieu suggests that global dynamics can manifest in a single place, with Haiti as the site of his own inquiries. Where he approaches political themes, he does so from a personal perspective, through reflections on solitude, death, survival and desire.

He received his BFA from Université du Québec à Montréal and his MFA from Goldsmiths, University of London.

Mathieu was an artist in residence at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2019-20), and the Pamela Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida residency program, Sonoma CA (2019).

Recent solo exhibitions have been held at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (2020); HDM Gallery, Beijing (2019); The Armory Show, New York (2018); Tiwani Contemporary, London (2017); and Institute of Contemporary Art, London (2015).

About the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami

MOCA North Miami presents contemporary art and its historical influences through exhibitions, educational programs, and collections. Inspired by its surrounding communities, MOCA connects diverse audiences and cultures by providing a welcoming place to encounter new ideas and voices and nurturing a lifelong love of the arts.

MOCA developed from the Center of Contemporary Art which was inaugurated in 1981. The establishment of the permanent collection coincided with the institution’s move into its current building designed by Charles Gwathmey of GSNY in 1996. 

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