Mutus Liber (Fetish) 80, 2015

Basel 2015
Goodman Gallery
Sculpture
Resin, paint and nails on found object
60.0 x 20.0 x 20.0 (cm)
23.6 x 7.9 x 7.9 (inch)
This ritualised Congo Nkisi nail fetish figure, is painted over with the white primer of colonial practice. It bleeds out the silent tears of words unwritten in black ink, the Mute Books of the continent’s colonial past. Geers’ work is at once quintessentially African and yet embedded in the European tradition. Animist African practices are woven into European alchemical processes through the prism of contemporary art.