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Still from the film shoot of Sarah Maldoror's Guns for Banta (1970). Courtesy Suzanne Lipinska.

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc is an artist, curator and researcher interested in exploring the history of the colonial encounter and its effects on memory and identity. In his work as an artist he uses video, drawings, installations and photographs, as well as interviews and archives, to counter collective amnesia and erasure of experiences and traumas.

During his residency at Gasworks, Abonnenc carried out research for his Gasworks exhibition, using as a catalyst the films of Sarah Maldoror. The work aims to question the cultural legacy of past revolutions enquiring how we can reactivate the spirit and unifying character of liberation movements of the 60's in Africa. This residency culminated in Foreword to Guns for Banta, Abonnenc's first solo show in the UK. 

Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc was born in French Guiana and lives and works in Paris.

Selected exhibitions include: Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain (2010); Watchmen, Liars, Dreamers, Frac Ile-de-France/Le Plateau (2010); Seconde-Main, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2010); À Contre-Corps / Countering the Body, Frac Lorraine (2009); A prey made of space and shadow, Galerie de Expeditie, Amsterdam (2008, solo show). In 2010, Abonnenc curated the group exhibition Self as Disappearance at Synagogue de Delme, France.


This residency and the subsequent exhibition have been made possible thanks to the support of FLUXUS.