Matthew Paul Jinks to open “The Queen’s Tailor” on February 14th 2009

February 2, 2009

THE QUEEN’S TAILOR: February 14th – March 14th 2009

w/ an opening reception on February 14th from 7-10pm & a closing reception on March 14th from 6-10 pm.

Mathew Paul Jinks is an English artist based in Chicago. His work explores the shifting structures of belief, memory and loss. In all his work Mathew performs the role of conduit and compass, seeking and translating the unstable, internal spaces of memory to the similarly imperfect space of the physical world, and back again.

Jinks works in sculpture, sound, video and performance. In his new video work for Green Lantern, he re-enacts scenes from the Ealing Studio’s film The Man In The White Suit. The misplaced aspirations of an eccentric English inventor are played out in a context shifted from postcolonial 1950s England to Chicago’s contemporary Indian/Pakistani community, exploring the displacements and potentials of a hybrid, rewritten Diaspora in Chicago.

The politics of power and labor that are at play in the original are transposed into the roles of the Witness, Sage, and Enactor within this contemporary re-imagining. Core themes of blind altruism and the reactionary suppression of radical invention alongside a current space of postcolonial fantasy are supplanted from England to Chicago. Mathew combines the shifting roles of national identity with his own English autobiography to explore the construction of nationhood and the self.


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