Catinca Tabacaru NYC/Harare Collective

Xavier Robles de Medina


Ai Sranang, 2017
Xavier Robles de Medina

The short film by Surinamese artist Xavier Robles de Medina is composed predominantly of video footage sourced from archives and documentaries surrounding several key events that have shaped the political and social climate of Suriname through the 20th and 21st century. Informed by the film “Love is the Message, the Message is Death” by Arthur Jafa, this video montage sees Robles de Medina explore issues around colonization, postcoloniality, trauma, and national identity. The work doubles as a filmic mirror or twin to the artist’s drawing practice, as Robles de Medina’s drawings involve a rigorous study and engagement with film and video footage to inform the idiosyncratic “video-still-realism.” Iconic historical footage of the Independence celebrations is contrasted with contemporary footage extracted from Suriname commercials and news. Images and metaphors for journeys combine to raise a larger question around history and identity.

Music: Lieve Hugo “Oeng Booi” “Blaka Rosoe”

XAVIER ROBLES DE MEDINA (b. 1990, Surinam)
Xavier Robles de Medina is based in London. In 2019 he graduated from the Master’s program in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Robles de Medina’s combined consideration of surface, and personal archive—spanning from generic signs to highly specific historical sources—are meditated via the Cartesian coordinate system. In 2015 he was nominated for the Prix de Rome Visual Arts (NL), and the following year he earned a place on the shortlist of the Royal Award for Modern Painting (NL). Recent solo exhibitions include, if you dream of your tongue, beware at Catinca Tabacaru New York (2016); als het hele lichaam oor zou zij (if the whole body were an ear) at Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname (2018); The Future Looms Dark and that we can Scarcely at Barbé Urbain Gallery, Belgium (2018); and Opportunity Cost at Praz-Delavallade, Los Angeles (2019). Upcoming solo exhibitions include Praz-Delavallade, Paris (2020), and the SCAD Museum of Art’s Emerging Artist Annex (2020).

Artist Website

BORN 1990 IN PARAMARIBO, SURINAME
LIVES AND WORKS IN LONDON, ENGLAND

EDUCATION

2019

MFA in Fine Art, Goldsmiths, London, England

2012

BFA in Painting and Animation, Magna Cum Laude, Savannah College of Art and Design, (SCAD) Savannah, GA

2008

Bilingual International Baccalaureate Diploma, St.Clare’s, Oxford, England

MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

2020

Wan Destination Wanhoop, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, USA; Curator: Ben Tollefson (solo)

2018

From Shape to Form, Institute of Sacred Music, Yale University, USA; Curator: Jon Seals

2016

Exhibition of the IAOCA, Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, Japan
Zig Zag Zim, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; Curator: Catinca Tabacaru

SOLO AND TWO-ARTIST EXHIBITIONS

2020

Faya Lobi, Praz Delavallade, Paris

2019

MFA, Goldsmiths, London, England
Opportunity Cost, Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles

2018

als het hele lichaam oor zou zijn” (if the whole body were an ear), Readytex Art Gallery, Surinam
The Future Looms Dark and That We Can Scarcely, Barbé Urbain, Gent, Belgium

2017

TNF with Xavier Robles de Medina, Readytex Art Gallery, Surinam
X-C: Transference Between Neighbors, (with Clément Carat), WOW International, Amsterdam
If you dream of your tongue, beware, Catinca Tabacaru, New York

2012

Atelo, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019

Sound Of Silence, Praz Delavallade, Los Angeles
ZWRT, Barbé Urbain, Gent, Belgium

2018

CTG ( R ): Zimbabwe, CTG Harare, Zimbabwe
Material, The COB Gallery, London
Drawing in Gallery, Galerie ALB, Paris
Power & Ancestors, WM gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Readytex Art Gallery, Suriname

2017

While Meditating on War, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam; curator: Ronit Eden

2016

Zig Zag Zim, Catinca Tabacaru, New York

2015

CTG ( R ): Zimbabwe, Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions, Zimbabwe; Curator: Catinca Tabacaru
Fictions and Constructions, Catinca Tabacaru, New York

2014

OPEN, WOW International, Amsterdam, Netherlands
It Begins on Paper, Catinca Tabacaru, New York

2013

Ever Ours, Beethoven Festival: LOVE 2013, Chicago; curator: Catinca Tabacaru
Slideluck, Oglethorpe Gallery, Savannah, USA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Ashmore Gallery, Savannah, USA

2012

META, Gallery 263, Cambridge, USA
Small Works 2012, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, USA
Cherchez La Vérité, The Porch, Savannah, USA
Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA
Far From Home, Blue Gallery, Savannah, USA
THE SKETCHBOOK SHOW!!!, Little Beasts Gallery, Savannah, USA

2011

Drawing Works, Alexander Gallery, Savannah, USA

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2016

Royal Award for Modern Painting (shortlist), Royal Palace Amsterdam, Netherlands

2015

Prix de Rome (Visual Arts nominee), The Mondriaan Fund, Netherlands

2012

Artistic Honors Scholarship, Savannah College of Art and Design

RESIDENCIES

2019

CTG ( R ): Finland, CTG Collective at Serlachius Museums Residency, Mänttä, Finland

2018

CTG ( R ): Zimbabwe, CTG Collective in collaboration with Dzimbanhete Arts & Culture Interactions (DAI), Harare, Zimbabwe

2017

CTG ( R ): Zimbabwe, CTG Collective in collaboration with DAI, Harare, Zimbabwe
WOW Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2015

CTG ( R ): Zimbabwe CTG, Collective in collaboration with DAI, Harare, Zimbabwe

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Fondation L’Art Est Vivant
National Gallery of Zimbabwe