Donnez votre main: Hank Willis Thomas
As an expression of consciousness and the perception of reality, Surrealism and Abstraction become vehicles of liberation and possibility.
MARUANI MERCIER Gallery is pleased to present Hank Willis Thomas’ second solo exhibition at the Brussels gallery. Well-known for his interest in the framing and context of history and perspective, this new body of work marks a progression in Thomas' critique of the construction of identity, power, and popular culture in the western imagination.
As an expression of consciousness and the perception of reality, Surrealism and Abstraction become vehicles of liberation and possibility. Using these movements as a jumping off point both aesthetically and conceptually, this exhibition focuses on the relationships drawn between art history, the history of Belgium, colonialism and the history of the Congo. Through a variety of mediums, Thomas presents a visual timeline as a way to draw new connections between the history of art and conquest, and the subversion of colonialism.
Through visual layering of historical archives, art historial tropes, and references to popular culture, Thomas reveals how power relations, the struggle for independence, and the establishment of trade and popular culture have been constructed by and large in the western imagination.
Hank Willis ThomasC'est moi qui te regarde (Mobutu), 2019Lenticular on top of print in special frame152.4 x 101.6 cm
60 x 40 in
Framing Dimensions: 154.5 x 118.8 x 9.8 cm
Hank Willis ThomasVivid Imagination (rainbow on blue), 2019screenprint on retroreflective vinyl mounted on Dibond86.36 x 121.92 cm
34 x 48 in
Framing Dimensions: 87.8 x 123.5 x 4.5 cm
Hank Willis ThomasIf I could tell the story in words, 2013mounted digital c-prints and stained African Mahogany121.285 x 121.92 x 9.2075 cm
47 3/4 x 48 x 3 5/8 in