Letter to a Barn Owl is based on a psychic reading Paul Maheke was given during his stay in the Dominican Republic in 2017 and follows the artist’s research—through installation, sculpture, text and sound—on the body as both an archive and a territory, where tensions between erasure and hypervisibility are played out and history, memory and identity can be disrupted, re-articulated, and reinvented by addressing them through non-human subjectivities.
Paul Maheke (b. 1985, Brive-la-Gaillarde, France) has presented solo exhibitions at Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018); Galerie Sultana, Paris (2017); Assembly Point, London (2017); Center, Berlin (2017); and South London Gallery (2016). Selected group exhibitions include Baltic Triennial XIII (2018); 'The Centre Cannot Hold Itself', Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2018); Tate Modern, London (2017); Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale (2017); and Akademie der Künste, Vienna, among others.
This exhibition was produced in cooperation with Phileas – A Fund for Contemporary Art.