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Jova Lynne: Split

October 28 - December 16, 2023

Jova Lynne

October 28 - December 16, 2023

Matéria is pleased to present Split, a solo exhibition of all new photographs and installation works by Detroit-based artist Jova Lynne.


Lynne’s Split offers an allegorical exploration of mitosis.


Mitosis, a cornerstone process essential for all life on Earth, forms the thematic underpinning of this presentation. Within this ballet, cells replicate their contents and divide, ultimately spawning two identical daughter cells. These daughters lay the groundwork for the intricate networks of cells that bring life to our existence.


Split personifies the dance of mitosis, embodying a profound sense of anticipation and uncertainty, oscillating between the prospects of fusion or fissure. It is one of the daughter cells, learning to walk on its own in the face of rupture. It is the liminal space that we find ourselves in as we navigate various life transitions including loss. 


As one navigates the world of Split, visitors are invited to ruminate on the delicate equilibrium between the ordered mechanisms that govern life and the extravagance that captivates our desires. In Split's domain, we unveil an exploration of the convergence between life's fundamental processes and the intricacies that adorn our existence.



Jova Lynne is a multidisciplinary artist and curator of Jamaican and Colombian heritage, born and raised in New York City, and currently based in Detroit, MI. Lynne is interested in the parallels between fictional, historical, and personal archives in identity development. A student of archives, she seeks to subvert anthropological practice in utilizing lens, sculpture, and performative practices. Lynne received a Master of Fine Arts in Photography at Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2017, and has exhibited in a variety of galleries and public museums including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. She is a grantee from various foundations which have supported her work in media and social practice-based projects in Kingston, Jamaica and Berlin, Germany in addition to her work in the United States. Jova Lynne’s work is part of the permanent collections of Harvard Art Museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Cranbrook Art Museum.

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