Grada Kilomba


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Grada Kilomba launches solo show at MAAT in Lisbon

Showing her work in Portugal for the first time, Grada Kilomba presents a solo exhibition, Secrets to Tell, in the Museum Art Architecture Technology’s (MAAT) Project Room programme in Lisbon (8 November – 5 February). The exhibition is inspired by the video installation The Desire Project – an artwork created for the 32nd São Paulo Biennale (2016) and featured on Goodman Gallery’s South South: Let me begin again (2017) exhibition. Her work deals with questions raised by narratives around gender, race, trauma and memory, within the context of current issues about colonialism and post-colonialism at the beginning of the 21st century. Despite being better known as a writer, Kilomba has been exploring experimental and multidisciplinary artistic practices, using and combining different means of expression: from performance and video installation, to stage readings and lectures, enabling an interface between text and image, artistic language and academic language.

Grada Kilomba’s ‘Illusions’ at Witte de With Center in Rotterdam

Kilomba’s performance piece Illusions is presented at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Arts in Rotterdam (14 July). In this performance, previously staged at the Biennale de Sao Paulo (2016), the artist brings the oral African tradition of storytelling into a contemporary context to recover the memories and realities of a neo-colonial world. The artist explores the coexistence of times through her recasting of the myths of Narcissus and Echo, in which the present seems suffocated by a colonial past. Through her performance, she poses the question: How do we break out of this colonial and patriarchal mould? The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the artist, moderated by curator Katayoun Arian.

Grada Kilomba at Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto

Kilomba performs Illusions for first time in her home country and exhibits The Desire Project in Live Uncertainty: An Exhibition After the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (1 July – 1 October) at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal. The Desire Project (2015-2016) is a video installation divided into three parts: While I Speak, While I Write and While I Walk, videos whose only visual element is the written word and which indicates the emergence of a speaker who has been historically silenced by colonial narratives. Illusions (2016) employs video projections and the African tradition of storytelling. The reading introduces the myths of Narcissus and Echo as metaphors for a colonial past and politics of representation that only reflect themselves. The Serralves exhibition is conceived in relation to the museum’s unique architecture and landscape. It extends the Biennale’s reflection on the current conditions of life and the strategies offered by contemporary art to harbour or inhabit uncertainty.

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