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198 Gallery

Mario Lewis

21 January to 4 March 2005

New installation and video work by the Trinidadian artist on the diasporan experience and representation in the moving image

Launch Event: Thursday 20 January, 6.30-9.00pm

198 Gallery is pleased to present new work by the young London-based Trinidadian artist Mario Lewis in his first solo exhibition in London. The exhibition presents an installation meditating on the diasporan experience, commenting on ‘migration, history and belonging,’ and a ‘hybrid film’ that explores ‘the passing of time, estrangement, [and] alienation as a poetic construct.’

Since living in London, Lewis has used the medium of video extensively to explore aspects of contemporary culture and his personal history by visiting chosen places such as Lord’s Cricket Ground, Cambridge University, a traditional English umbrella shop in central London, or a pub full of football supporters. Once there, he would initiate conversations with people, uncovering various worlds within UK society as he examines his own place within it.

The time-based nature of the moving image is perhaps suited to his interest in the relationship between the past and present, between the cultures of the destinations of migrants and the cultures left behind. The range of ways in which the moving image can be used also fascinates Lewis: by ‘deconstructing the language of cinema’ through the use of ‘different strategies and aesthetic devices that function in-between documentary, cinema verité and experimental filmmaking, [… his] intention is to engage in the ongoing discourse which is connected with ‘re-presentation’ and at the same time question the notion of ‘difference’.’

Lewis has exhibited internationally outside of his native Trinidad, most notably in Cuba, the United States, Brazil and Senegal.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information, please contact the 198 Gallery on 020 7978 8309 or

Supported by:
Lambeth Arts
Association of London Government

198 Gallery
Address: 198 Gallery, 198 Railton Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0LU
Tel +44 (0)20 7978 8309

How to get to 198 Gallery: Train - Herne Hill, Tube - Brixton, Bus - 3 37 68 196 322 468 P4


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