Born in Los Angeles in 1972, Edgar Arcenaux focuses his work around the concept of the memory, race and the relationship between history and the present.
The artist uses different medium such as sculpture, installation, performance and film work, in order to critically examine how combining different narratives complicates the constructions of knowledge. This process aims at symbolising the level of complexity of received histories.
The MAC presents two impactful works involving the viewer in a materially sophisticated way, both emotionally and psychologically. These two works are: “Until, Until, Until” (2015 – 1017), a video installation and live performance deconstructing a complex episode in recent American history; and the sculptural environment “The library of Black Lies” (2016), composed of a wooden shack whose labyrinthine interior contains mylar-backed shelving filled with books that appear to have been burnt or encrusted with sugar. The Library of Black Lies takes the viewer on a voyage through Arceneaux’s mind that also visits key moments in recent African-American history.