sugar bound: Suchitra Mattai

Center for Visual Art

August 30 - October 20, 2018

  • Opening Reception: Thursday August 30 from 6 - 8pm
sbsmSalvation Islands, detail, acrylic on printed fabric, 2018

How does one define home and what does it mean to belong? Viewers are invited to consider these questions and explore how environments shape personal narratives, family histories and constructions of the self in sugar bound, Suchitra Mattai’s latest solo exhibition on view at the Center for Visual Art at MSU Denver beginning August 30. Mattai has created all new work for this exhibition, her largest to date.

Born in Guyana and based in Denver, Mattai is an internationally recognized artist who was recently nominated for the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship and is slated to participate in an upcoming international biennial in 2019.

Much of the work in sugar bound is informed by Mattai’s ancestors’ legacy of indentured servitude in the sugar fields of colonial Guyana and her own experience living in multiple countries and continents. “Connecting the dots between past and present, I seek to invent a sense of “home” – both mine and that of the indentured servant,” says Mattai. “Home becomes a conceptual space for belonging, and as an American, Caribbean, South Asian from Latin America, the processes of migration, assimilation and belonging are at the heart of my exploration.”

“sugar bound provides a profound experience for viewers to contemplate a troubling part of history that has parallels today in the way certain communities are exploited in the service of other people’s privilege,” says Cecily Cullen, Director and Curator of CVA..

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