FIGHTING IGNORANCE & INTELLECTUAL PERFIDY
Video art from Africa
20-21 May 2016 | 7pm
University of Bayreuth
Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani (Togo) | Amina Zoubir (Algeria) | Euridice Kala (Mozambique) | Khaled Hafez (Egypt) | Laura Nsengiyuvma (Rwanda) | Lerato Shadi (South Africa) | LucFosther Diop (Cameroon) | Mouna Jemal Siala (Tunisia) | Mounir Fatmi (Morroco) | Said Rais (Morroco) | Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria)
Mounir Fatmi, Darkening Process, 2014
Project [SFIP] “Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy“ is a multi-national exhibition process and a platform for critical thinking, researching and presenting African video art. It started in 2011 and has toured various locations around the world since its inception. This event presents a selection of African video art that stands beyond the clichés that remain associated with the dark continent and the postcolonial image. It seeks to bring viewers closer to idiosyncratic readings of African video art and its thematic concerns which are largely ignored. “Still Fighting Ignorance & Intellectual Perfidy“ contextualises African video art within a larger cultural framework.
Reflecting an age of inter-cultural migration, [SFIP] presents African video artists who live in Africa, Europe and USA whilst providing a meeting point for knowledge and interest in the relationship between self and society. Most works address issues of alterity, identity, tolerance and social relationships as artists reflexively consider their sense of place and belonging in an increasingly interconnected world.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, My father and I dance in outer space, 2011
About the curator
Kisito Assangni is a Togolese-French curator, consultant and producer who studied museology at Ecole du Louvre in Paris. Currently living between London and Paris, his research primarily focuses on psycho-geography and post-globalisation impact on contemporary cultures. Kisito investigates the modes of cultural production that combine theory and practice. He’s heavily involved in video, performance and experimental sound.
His projects have been shown internationally including the Whitechapel Gallery, Ben Uri Museum, London; Arnot Art Museum, New York; Malmo Konsthall, Sweden; National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow; Foundation 3.14, Bergen, Norway; Es Baluard Museum of Art, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Sobering Gallery, Paris; Motorenhalle Centre for Contemporary Art, Dresden, Germany among others.
Assangni has participated in symposia, talks and events at numerous international universities.
He is the founder/curator of TIME is Love Screening (International video art program) and Project [SFIP].
Special Thanks to Nadine Siegert.