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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?

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.

Grada Kilomba takes centre stage in Portugal with first major solo exhibitions

Grada Kilomba holds her first major solo exhibition, The Most Beautiful Language, at EGEAC Gallery Avenida da India in Lisbon in October, followed immediately after by a second solo show at another Lisbon cultural institution – Secrets to Tell, at Museum Art Architecture Technology (MAAT) in November. It is the first time the Berlin-based artist is exhibiting in Portugal, the country of her birth. 

The Most Beautiful Language (26 October 2017 – 31 March 2018), curated by Gabi Ngcobo and with creative production by Moses Leo, features seven new bodies of work – The Simple Act of Listening(2017), The Printed Room (2017), The Dictionary (2017), The Chorus (2017), Plantation Memories(2015), Illusions (2017) and A Table of Books. The exhibition combines myriad art forms and genres, raising fundamental questions about speaking, silencing and listening in a post-colonial society. 

Secrets to Tell (8 November 2017 – 5 February 2018) at MAAT 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. 

Strongly influenced by the work of Frantz Fanon, Kilomba started writing and developing projects on memory and trauma, extending her concerns to form, language, performance, staging and the visualisation of post-colonial narratives. 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.

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    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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