Paul Maheke A good part of my work is based on simple gestures


What Flows Through and Across, 2017.
What Flows Through and Across, 2017.
AT Assembly Point, London - image: Ben Westoby, courtesy of Galerie Sultana and the artist
Acqua Alta, 2017.
Acqua Alta, 2017.
At Galerie Sultana, Paris - image: Aurélien Mole, courtesy of Galerie Sultana and the artist
Seeking after the fully grown dancer *deep within* (performance still), 2017.
Seeking after the fully grown dancer *deep within* (performance still), 2017.
Part of 'Habits of Care' at the Blackwood Gallery, Toronto. images: Henry Chan

Artistic Statement

A good part of my work is based on simple gestures that once consisted in placing works, which might not even be noticed, in public spaces. It has now expanded to video installation, performance and sculptural works.
The practice itself is grounded in de-colonial and emancipatory thought with a focus on cultural identity and new subjectivities.
My current research imagines the body as an archive, a territory with its cartography and its colonized zones; using its waters as pathways to knowledge and information.
This exploration occupies a metaphorical space wherein which the body resonates and echoes with the broader geographical, socio-political and historical context that have birthed it. While drawing on research into the memory of water and its emotional responsiveness it looks at the ways in which water can be considered as a subjective and effective matter, choreographing our relations to each other. With particular attention to dance, it proposes to rearticulate the representations of queer Blackness that emerge from Western imaginations by addressing identity through non-human subjectivity.
At the intersection of critical geography and queer studies this exploration is a way to question social and geographical relationships to places as they relate to a more personal inquiry that mainly deals with the unsettling idea of « main-ness ».
These works are crafted as poetic yet political spaces looking at the body as a site for resilience.

Davidoff Art Initiative artist in residence
Altos de Chavón, Dominican Repubplic

Janurary - March 2018

Bio - CV

Paul Maheke (b. 1985, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France) lives and works in London, UK. He completed an MA Art Practice from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Cergy (2011) and was an Associate of Open School East’s Programme of study, London, UK (2015), with a focus on dance and through a varied and often collaborative body of work comprising performance, installation, sound, and video. Maheke considers the potential of the body as an archive in order to examine how memory and identity is formed and constituted.

Previous solo exhibitions include Acqua Alta, Galerie Sultana, Paris; What Flows Through and Across, Assembly Point, London; In Me Everything is Already Flowing, Center, Berlin (all 2017); and I Lost Track of the Swarm, South London Gallery (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern, London; Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Posthuman Complicities, Akademie der Künste, Vienna (all 2017); Slope-tend-big, Grand Union, Birmingham; and Ways of Living, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (all 2016).

Paul Maheke was awarded the South London Gallery Graduate Residency, UK, 2015 – 2016; Moving UP, commissioned by The Serpentine Galleries, London, UK, 2015; Darling Foundry, Montreal, 2015; Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Vassivière, France, 2014; Villa Pan, Hors les Murs programme, French Institute, Suzhou, China, 2010.

In April 2018 Chisenhale Gallery will present his first major solo presentation in a UK institution