Dark Continents


MOCA, North Miami, 2008

Dark Continents (exhibition view), 2008

dimensions variable 
installation with murals and work on paper 

photo credit: MOCA

Witches' Mirror, 2008

200 x 200cm
acrylic, ink and linocut on paper

photo credit: MOCA


Dark Continents revisits the modernist fascination with tropical locales and indigenous people prevalent during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Artists in the exhibition examine ideas and aesthetics that were popular during this time period and relate them to current views by challenging stereotypical relationships that associate femininity with nature. The exhibition also confronts the elements that impacted “primitivist” and “exotic” tendencies in art history, such as colonialist perspectives, industrialization, and the popularization of psychoanalysis.

The exhibition features works by a group of international artists that includes: Ida Ekblad, Hadassah Emmerich, Naomi Fisher, Elke Krystufek, Marlene McCarty, Claudia and Julia Müller, and Paulina Olowska. Many of the artists are creating new works for this exhibition that include site-specific wall murals and installations in media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, collage and video. Curated by Ruba Katrib.