Oracle, 2018

Unique Artwork

Mixed media

Mixed media collage

CM H 9.5 W 12.5

IN H 3.74 W 4.92

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Helina Metaferia

Helina Metaferia is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, video, collage and assemblage. Her work questions the politics of the body in space, particularly with respect to notions of identity and citizenship.

Helina Metaferia is interested in using art as an excuse to have meaningful conversations about time, space, and belonging. A large part of her creative inquiry is devoted to asserting the black body into sites of systemic oppression — including institutional spaces, art history, gentrified communities, or land marked by historic trauma. Throughout her work, she is constantly reflecting on the notions of "home" and how our racial and gendered body complicates this. Formally, her art exists as an interdisciplinary synthesis of performance, video, installation, assemblage and mixed media collage. She often uses her own body in his practice, and sometimes work with the bodies of members of her community through participation and collaboration.

Helina's work is recognized by major institutions and has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Smack Mellon (New York), the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art (Detroit) and the Gebre Kirtos Desta Center Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia).

She received her MFA in 2015 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and attended the School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan. Her artist residencies include the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, MASS MoCA and Tria...

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Versant Sud

Versant Sud is an artist's residency whose main mission is to develop artistic and cultural projects in two territories: the Southern region of France and African countries.

The two geographical areas have one thing in common: they are territories marked by the virtual absence of an art market. Artists developing their activity in these two areas face buyers who are still under-represented or buying outside the territory.

To promote these two territories, Versant Sud is deployed on several axes:

The organization of an annual cross-artistic residency program between Marseille (France) and an African capital; coordination of artistic and cultural projects for other structures and/or institutions; design-oriented training workshops for art schools, the proposal for conferences focusing on the African perspective, selling works of art created by the artist in residence. 

The launch season 2018 / 2019 of the artistic residencies is dedicated to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. In October 2019, Versant Sud attended the leading fair dedicated to contemporary African Art - 1.54 Contemporary African Art Fair - in London and presented works from Leikun Nahusenay. 

Versant SUD
1 Place de la Gare de la Blancarde
Marseille, 13004

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Curated by Versant Sud

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