Dominique White “Cinders of the Wreck” at Triangle — Astérides, Marseille


For her first solo exhibition in an institutional context in France titled “Cinders of the Wreck”, Dominique White pursues her depiction of the State as the Hydra; a relentless beast, with many, regenerative heads. Using disfigured and deformed hunting harpoons in place of the beast’s many heads, and the Ship in place of the beast’s body, Dominique White is questioning the regenerative powers of the State and its ability to constantly mutate as a means of maintaining an oppressive system. Known for giving life to forms which embody both a phantom–like fragility and a threatening presence, White walks the visitors through a universe of anticipation that weaves together theories of Black Subjectivity and Afro-pessimism with the nautical myths of Black Diaspora. Ropes, tired hand-woven nets, casted iron, raffia, and cowrie shells casted and coated in a ghostly shroud of kaolin clay all work together to evoke the transformative power of waves and wreck.

“Cinders of the Wreck” is the continuity of her recent research on a variety of concepts including what the artist defines as the Shipwreck(ed); a reflexive verb and state of being. Her sculptures, or beacons, prophesy the emergence of the Stateless. This exhibition is the second iteration of her research on the myth of Hydra, following the exhibition “Hydra Decapita” at VEDA Firenze, Florence, Italy.

Commissioned and produced by Triangle – Astérides, centre d’art contemporain d’intérêt national. Coproduction: Friche la Belle de Mai and Fluxus Art Projects.

Curated by Céline Kopp.

At Triangle — Astérides, Marseille
until June 5, 2022


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