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Grada Kilomba at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Marrakech

Grada Kilomba will present and discuss a new video work, Illusions (one-channel film, 2018, 32’), as part of the Forum series at the 1-54 Art Fair in Marrakech (23 – 25 February 2018). The work re-stages the myth of Narcissus and Echo using the oral tradition of African storytelling, where the artist herself plays the role of the Griot. Here, Narcissus is a metaphor for a society that has not come to terms with its colonial history and takes itself and its own image as the only objects of love, while Echo is reduced to endlessly repeating Narcissus’ words. Kilomba asks, how do we break out of this colonial and patriarchal mould?

Kiluanji Kia Henda, Alfredo Jaar, and Grada Kilomba on group exhibition at Kadist in Paris

Affective Utopia, a three-part exhibition at the Paris branch of Kadist, will feature work by Kiluanji Kia Henda, Alfredo Jaar and Grada Kilomba (9 February – 21 April). The exhibition looks at the production of artistic knowledge and curatorial practices in relation to tensions and conflicts generated by geographical divides, cultural homogenisation and a growing need to decolonise curatorial and artistic practices. Taking place over three ‘chapters’, the exhibition will present the work of artists who offer various ways of thinking and interpreting the idea of a ‘utopia’ in contemporary art.

Grada Kilomba on group show organised by Participant Inc. and e-flux

Grada Kilomba’s video installation Illusions Vol II., is included on Journeys with the initiated, a cross-continental exhibition organised by e-flux and Participant Inc. The exhibition forms part of the Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology project, an ongoing initiative which seeks to create conversations around the work of the late queer German novelist, poet and ethnographer Hubert Fichte. This exhibition presents work that deal with themes around spirituality, queerness, and black subjectivity in relation to Fichte’s novel The Black City. Kilomba’s work is on view at e-flux in New York (2 December – 13 January).

Grada Kilomba on Frameworks at International Film Festival Rotterdam

In a new initiative by International Film Festival Rotterdam, two renowned artists will be invited each year to propose emerging talents for the Frameworks Award . For 2018, major voices from the art world, Alfredo Jaar and Apichatpong Weerasethakul selected Grada Kilomba, along with Pathompon Mont Tesprateep, to receive the grant. Each was awarded 10,000 Euros towards the completion of a new work, presented in Rotterdam as part of the festival.

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  • Illusions Vol. I

    The Simple Act of Listening

    The Chorus

    The Desire Project

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    Grada Kilomba / Speaking the Unspeakable / 2018

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    In Context / this past was waiting for me / 2018

    the silences between / 2017

    [South-South] Let me begin again / 2017

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