The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) invites the public to an exclusive talk by artist Theo Eshetu, whose video installation Atlas Fractured is being presented in a Canadian premiere as part of the exhibition From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-face Picasso, Past and Present (until September 16). This free event, hosted by Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Curator of International Modern Art at the MMFA, will take place on September 5 at 6 p.m., in Bourgie Hall.
The recipient of several prestigious awards, Eshetu has shown his work at major exhibitions and institutions worldwide. Born in London, he grew up in Addis Ababa, Dakar and Belgrade before settling in Rome. Working primarily in video, he examines the imagery of the collective unconscious through the interplay of signs and symbols exploring the nature of perception and the complexity of identity. Throughout his prolific oeuvre, he has created a distinctive visual vocabulary based on a rhythmic montage and at times hypnotic, syncopated collage of images.
Touching on themes related to anthropology, art history, human perception and identity, the conversation at the Museum will focus on the philosophical questions and concerns that fuel Eshetu’s practice and their broader implications for our time.
Atlas Fractured: A conversation on Art and Humanity with Theo Eshetu
When: September 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Bourgie Hall, 1339, Sherbrooke St. West, Montreal
Free of charge*. Limited seating. In English.
*You may choose to reserve a seat for the lectures. Service charges apply. An hour before the event, passes for the remaining seats will be distributed free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Service charges: general public $5.00 / VIP $4.00, taxes included. Maximum of 4 passes per person.
In person: at the Ticket Counter of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke Street West
By phone: 514‐285‐2000 option 4, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Theo Eshetu, still from Atlas Fractured, 2017, video 18 min. ©Theo Eshetu
(Courtesy of the artist & Axis Gallery, New York and New Jersey)