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OF A LIFE/TIME // OLGA FRANTSKEVICH + EZEKIEL MESSOU

25 Nov 2018–10 Feb 2019

Overview

OF A LIFE/TIME showcases the embroidered autobiography of contemporary Belarusian artist and storyteller OLGA FRANTSKEVICH. Exhibiting for the first time outside the Eastern Bloc, FRANTSKEVICH authors hand-woven episodes which recall a childhood of conflict through reminiscence and dream. A sense of urgency pervades this self-propelled practice. For these intensely personal images speak to our past, present and future. Today, as she enters her ninth decade, FRANTSKEVICH reclaims an intimate history for the collective memory - not with the pen, but with the needle. OF A LIFE/TIME also features drawing/diagrams curated from the everyday discipline of EZEKIEL MESSOU. From his atelier in Benin, MESSOU MESSOU has evolved an encyclopaedic inventory of repair. Portraits of sewing machines, draughted with ballpoint and lead, form this informal opus of difference and repetition – identity-stamped with pride, and for all to see.


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