Limited Edition Woven Keyring
Felt, cotton and gold metal eyelet
Edition of 200
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About the Edition
Created exclusively for House of Voltaire as part of the artists immersive presentation 'The Rene Matić Soul Club'. ‘soul time’ takes its name from the 1966 Northern Soul song by Shirley Ellis – a title that has since been used as an idiom to describe practices of self-preservation and prayer. The space Matić has created for House of Voltaire is an attempt at imaging and sounding out the journey of not only imagining but knowing the self outside of oppressive situations. Using the abundant milieu of the 1960s soul scene, Matić uses the poetics and aesthetics of soul as tools of salvation and redemption; to deliver one from dystopia to utopia through subcultural practice. Matić uses subculture as a kind of ‘attainable afro-futurism’ where one can create spaces of breakage and glitch in real time – in soul time.
About the Artist
Rene Matić (b. 1997, Peterborough) lives and works in London. Their work brings together themes of post-blackness, glitch feminism and subcultural theory in a meeting place they describe as rude(ness) – to interrupt and exist in/between. Recent solo exhibitions include in spite of, instead of, Quench Gallery, Margate, UK (2022), flags for countries that don’t exist but bodies that do, Arcadia Missa, London, UK (2021), Born British Die British, VIRINE Gallery, London, UK (2021). Recent group exhibitions include Queerdirect, Sadie Coles HQ, London, UK (2022); Arcadia, Bold Tendencies, London, UK (2021); Bloomberg New Contemporaries, South London Gallery, London, UK (2021) and Friends and Friends of Friends, Schlossmuseum, Linz, AT (2020). Matić’s work is in several prominent collections including Tate, London, UK; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris, FR; UK Government Art Collection, London, UK; Martin Parr Foundation, Bristol, UK.
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