Xavier Robles De Medina

'Before the Flood'

In his first museum exhibition, Xavier Robles de Medina (SCAD B.F.A., animation, 2012; SCAD B.F.A., painting, 2012) presents recent drawings and paintings that demonstrate his precise and labored artistic practice. Underpinning these works is a cultural and political exploration of his home country of Suriname through the artist’s lens as a citizen and world traveler.

In a series of three paintings, Robles de Medina appropriates archival footage from video documentation of flooding in Afobaka, Suriname, which resulted from the construction of the Brokopondo Reservoir in the early 1960s. Unearthing forgotten histories, these paintings show the submerged native huts in villages surrounding the dam that residents were forced to abandon. While not overt, these works explore political subjects like immigration and colonization.

Signature image for Xavier Robles de Medina exhibition
Xavier Robles de Medina, SCAD B.F.A., animation, 2012; SCAD B.F.A., painting, 2012, Break and Barge, oil on linen, 27½" x 59", 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, New York.

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