Comprising an immersive installation occupying the entire space, A fire circle for a public hearing develops Maheke’s ongoing engagement with the potential of the body as an archive in order to address how history, memory and identity are formed. For his exhibition at Vleeshal, Maheke explores the tension between hypervisibility and erasure.
A fire circle for a public hearing seeks to consider how acts of visibility and invisibility serve to question the presence and absence of marginalised narratives in dominant histories, inviting visitors to assert their own understanding of possible pasts or futures.
By speculating on worlds and life elsewhere, Maheke’s exhibition at Vleeshal becomes a public site to re-articulate and reinvent forms of relationality and representation, as much as a device for developing a new lexicon for thinking about identities outside of identity politics.
Courtesy of the artist Vleeshal and Chisenhale Gallery, London
Photos by Gunnar Meier