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Artist talk and performances by Mitchell Gilbert Messina

Artist talk on September 27, 6.30 PM at Weteringschans 69, Amsterdam,
Performances run until November 5 at the gallery (by appointment only)

Mitchell Gilbert Messina (b. 1991) is a young emerging South African artist currently based in Cape Town  whose work is a reflection of his personal interactions with the world around him. He graduated from Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2013 and has since exhibited at major galleries in Cape Town. There isn’t a single theme or medium visibly connecting the body of Messina’s work, which spans sculpture, video, photography and text reflecting on dynamics in the art world and pop and internet culture to mention but a few examples. Rather, the disparate elements of his practice each offer an opportunity for Messina to articulate his recognizable tone and perspective, marked in equal measures by ironic wit, humour and earnest observation. Messina says his practice is a process of “minimal effort” which allows for easy and quick communication of ideas and encourages an element of audience speculation. The artworks become a documented performance of the art making. Messina explores ways that he can create a body of work that can exist entirely through secondary sources and documentary material which stand in for the – only ever simulated – finished artworks themselves, thus allowing the viewer to “imagine them into completion.”

Upon making acquaintance with NMAG during their pop-up exhibition in Cape Town in 2014, Messina joined the gallery for their following pop-up destination in Tehran in 2016. Following a solo exhibition at Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town earlier this year and multiple group shows, Messina is currently finishing up his residency with Atelier Mondial in Basel, Switzerland. Seizing upon Messina’s stay in Europe, NMAG extended the invitation to Messina to create a series of performances to be presented in the gallery. This program will be launched by an artist talk on September 27 where Messina will talk about, as he puts it, “100 ideas for works I haven’t started or will ever make”, discussing concepts and directions which fuel his artistic practice at the moment. NMAG will present an exclusive opportunity to attend an artist talk and performance from Messina. Messina will also be present at This Art Fair Amsterdam in December, which he will attend together with Merijn Kavelaars (NL) and Sepide Zamani (IR).

Until November 5, various new performances by Messina will be staged at the gallery Friday to Sunday during the period between 27.09-05.11.2017. Please reserve your spot at a performance at least two days in advance by calling +31 6 3755 0132 or emailing info@nomansart.com.

© 2017 Mitchell Gilbert Messina, Long Shot. Performance at Stevenson Gallery Cape Town during his solo exhibition.

Performances run 27.09 – 05.11.17 | Friday to Sunday | book your spot at least two days in advance

On September 27, NMAG is hosting an artist talk with Mitchell Gilbert Messina. Please join us at 6.30 PM at Weteringschans 69. The talk will be followed by a program of performances by the artist until November 5. Read more…