American, born in 1981
Abigail DeVille's sculptures, installations and theatre sets, a cross between archaic forms and Afro-futurist symbols, deal with absence, space, forced migrations and memory. Her raw materials are everyday rubbish and found objects, which she considers bearers of lost voices.
DeVille trained in painting at Yale University and the New York Fashion Institute of Technology. Her work carries on the assemblage tradition of the United States and Europe. Discussing her work, she recalls African-American communities' unfailing optimism in the face of a difficult past. She explains that she wants to create spaces like black holes, invisible and where all matter is lost, a metaphor for forgotten stories.
Abigail DeVille's work is being presented by the Pinault Collection for the first time at the “Untitled, 2020” show at the Punta della Dogana.