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Marvin Touré

March 9, 2024

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Marvin Touré is an Ivorian-American artist renowned for his unique approach to art, using fictional narratives and childhood artifacts. He leverages objects from his youth in Atlanta, Georgia, as creative tools to delve into topics of race, mental health, love, loss, and memory. Touré received a Bachelor of Arts in New Media Arts with a minor in Architecture from Southern Polytechnic State University (now Kennesaw State University) and a Master of Fine Arts in Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City. His work has also led him to notable residencies, including the Alma|Lewis residency in Pittsburgh, PA, in 2021 and the SVA MFA Fine Arts residency on Governors Island, NY, in 2019  

Touré was selected for exhibition by Guest Curator, Monique Long, a New York City-based contemporary art curator and writer through Mattress Factory's annual Regional Open Call. This program is an ongoing effort to amplify the voices and profiles of artists from in and around Pittsburgh by connecting creatives in our community with curators, artists, institutions, and scholars throughout the world. 

WHEN

Upcoming

March 9, 2024

Where

1414 Monterey

About The Artist

Marvin Touré is an Ivorian-American interdisciplinary artist who uses fictional narratives and the objects of innocence as a vehicle to interrogate themes of love, loss, and memory. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at The AC Institute in NYC (2018), and Haul gallery in Brooklyn (2021). In 2020 he was awarded both a Black Artist Fund grant and the Peter S. Reed Foundation grant for Mixed Media/Sculpture. Marvin was also awarded one of two 20th anniversary commissions for the I-Park Foundation’s 2021 Site-Responsive Art Biennale. Marvin joined Protohaven (Wilkinsburg, PA) and the University of Pittsburgh's Architectural Studies program in the fall of 2022 as a Teaching Fellow and Architecture Instructor, respectively.

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