Exhibitions


Serpentine Galleries, London (UK)    7 October 2021 - 30 January 2022

Hervé Télémaque: A Hopscotch of the Mind

Serpentine presents a major exhibition of the work of Hervé Télémaque, the legendary Haitian-French artist’s first in the UK. It includes paintings, objects, collages and assemblages from late 1950s to present day. Télémaque’s subversive practice, combining archival and contemporary pop cultural references, traces histories and contemporary impact of racism, imperialism and colonialism.

Curators :  Joseph Constable and Hans Ulrich Obrist 

Since the late 1950s, Télémaque has created an expansive body of work with a unique and playful visual vocabulary featuring abstract gestures, cartoon-like imagery, and mixed media compositions. He brings together striking combinations of historical and literary references with those of consumer and popular culture.

Incorporating images and experiences from his daily life, his extensive career consistently draws connections between the realms of interior consciousness and social experience, and the complex relationships between image and language. This exhibition brings together works made from the late 1950s until the present day, which highlight the histories and contemporary resonances of racism, imperialism and colonialism by intimating the ways that these structures continue to permeate our lives.

© Hugo Glendinning

Works on loan

Hervé TÉLÉMAQUE
One of the 36000 Marines over our Antilles
1965
Hervé TÉLÉMAQUE
Portrait de famille
1962-1963
Hervé TÉLÉMAQUE
Confidence
1965