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April 26 – May 25, 2024
Schöneberger Ufer 71
10785 Berlin
Michael Sayles
curated by Eric D Clark
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The Case of the Stolen Artifacts III, 2019, African sculpture, artificial hair, paint, 55 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
SETAREH is thrilled to present for this instalment of SPOTLIGHT, an occasional program for exceptional projects, a survey of three decades of work by Berlin based artist Michael Sayles. This first mini-Intraspective exhibition, curated by long time friend and collaborator Eric D.Clark, is a window into the mind of “Afropean” culture.

‘Sayles’ work delves into… NO! IS the repatriation of a cultural appropriation practiced throughout modern times by the likes of many popular visual artists from the 15th to 20th century’s; specifically art of African descent; everything his work represents is a mirror to culture shamelessly stolen in the tenets or rather edicts of so called discovery? The bringing of civilisation to the already civilised… subjugate a people by removing their identity; culture and the spoils of said endeavours; one might think of the Benin Bronzes as an example; a proverbial drop in the bucket as it were…A Jamaican born immigrant to Birmingham, England; through South London to New York; currently based in Berlin via Cologne! An Artist perfectly in consort with a plural history shared by millions expressed by few; hence Michael Sayles’
–Eric D.Clark

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