Paul Maheke “Levant”

Ludlow 38 / The Goethe-Institut New York

poster for Paul Maheke “Levant”

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Levant is an installation by French artist and choreographer Paul Maheke incorporating a video made in collaboration with dancer and choreographer Ligia Lewis and experimental musician Melika Ngombe Kolongo, aka Nkisi. The three practitioners have come together around their shared desire to challenge the field of representation. They propose new, more abstract visual, sonic, and spatial forms by reconsidering their histories through non-human or invisible subjectivities and corporalities.

Focusing on what is left untold, unseen, and absent, Maheke is specifically interested in embodied memories and knowledge. Translucence and a blurring of the field of vision are at the heart of this work, which oscillates between visibility and erasure. Concise repetitive gestures and sounds, mumbled words akin to spells being cast, ambiguous objects, spectral shadows, and long echoes serve as strategies to build a poetic and penetrating space. The video focuses in particular on a sequence of movements performed by Ligia Lewis to the rhythm of a soundtrack composed by Nkisi.



from November 13, 2019 to December 15, 2019

Opening Reception on 2019-11-13 from 18:00 to 21:00


Paul Maheke

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