Victor Sonna. 1525
Victor Sonna. 1525

Victor Sonna. 1525

This publication is published on the occassion of the exhibition Victor Sonna. 1525

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Victor Sonna. 1525

Exhibition Van Abbemuseum, 18-07-2020, 30-05-2021. - Catalog accompanying the exhibition of the Cameroonian artists Victor Sonna. In 2015, Victor Sonna in New Orleans bought chains from an enslaved one. The number 152 was engraved on these chains. The purchase is the starting point of a personal voyage of discovery along Ghana and Suriname, among others. The result is one hundred and two fifty unique works of art & ndash; the series 152 - six films and two fifty prints in which Victor deals with the theme of slavery in his own unique way. The exhibition title is a game with the number 152. Only a five is added. 1525: the year of one of the first transports of enslaved people in transatlantic slavery. Victor Sonna: & ldquo; I don't work with a preconceived plan. I had not foreseen that a purchase would lead to this trip. That's how it often goes with me; one flows from the other. I dive in and experience it. & Rdquo; For his series 152 Sonna collected 152 European gobelins, tapestries, made between the 18th and 20th century. He incorporated these tapestries into three series of works: Bleach and Dust, Sugar and Rubber and Maps. The works combine materials that he collected in trips to the Netherlands, Ghana and Suriname. Such as Ghanaian fabrics, African sculptures and objects related to slavery. The exhibition also shows six films and the series Prints: fifty two screen-printed windows with historical images about slavery. The films were made during the trips to Ghana and Suriname and explore the theme of the series 152 in a poetic and sometimes surrealistic way. Prints and films are shown in and around the installation. In a spectacular installation 25 meters high, 152 works can be seen that can be admired from both sides. As Victor himself says: "You can always look at a story from more than one angle." The design refers to the tower of Babel; the origin story about the disintegration of humanity into different peoples. Victor Sonna (1977) was born in Yaound & eacute ;, Cameroon and migrated to the Netherlands at a young age. He studied at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and then switched to the St. Joost Academy. He was trained as a visual artist. He continued to live in Eindhoven all these years. Sonna makes extensive use of existing material for his work, such as bullet casings, metal sculptures, tapestries and transforms them into impressive works of art. His work is in international collections and shown internationally

Author(s) Victor Sonna, Charles Esche, Steven ten Thije
Publisher Van Abbemuseum 2020
Details 242 p. Color photos
ISBN 9789082902938
Language Dutch and English
Article no. 1624


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