From Sept. 17 through March 28, 2021, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) presents Survivance, the first solo exhibition for Haitian-born, Montreal-based artist Manuel Mathieu. Survivance features 20 paintings (never before exhibited locally or anywhere in Canada) showcasing the Sobey Award-winning artist’s fluid, expressive, quasi-Expressionist and sometimes even abstract painting style, as well as one installation created specifically for the exhibition at the MMFA.
Some of the work featured in Survivance was made during a period of convalescence from serious accidents that Mathieu suffered in London, England and in Montreal. He also drew inspiration from the impact of the genocidal Duvalier father-and-son dictatorships that gripped Haiti from 1957 to 1986.
“I come from a country with a rich and complex imagination. Between natural disasters and political instability, I often have the feeling that my memory is fading away. The places of my childhood are forever changed. This forces me to cultivate and feed my own imagination as I piece together my reality. I strive for inner peace because external reality is often unbearable.”—Manuel Mathieu
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