Being Her(e)

Being Her(e)

The exhibition Being Her(e) opens at Galeria do Banco Económico, Luanda, Angola from November 23, 2017, to January 31, 2018. Curated by Paula Nascimento (Angola) and Violet Nantume (Uganda), the Luanda exhibition extends the conversations in Johannesburg over Africa Month with Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities. The Angola iteration of the project enjoys the kind support of a number of sponsors including the National Arts Council of South Africa, This is Not a White Cube (TINAWC), Prohelvetia and the Swiss Development Corporation.

Being Her(e) features works by some of the most prominent and emerging female artists from Africa and the African diaspora including Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Ana Silva (Angola-Portugal), Euridice Getulio Kala (Mozambique), Jessica Atieno Ounga (Kenya), Immaculate Mali (Uganda), Keyezua (Angola), Lebohang Kganye (SA), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Kenya), Mónica de Miranda (Angola), Nandipha Mnthambo (SA), Phoebe Boswell (Kenya), Zanele Muholi (SA), Zohra Opoku (Ghana), and Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda).

The exhibition invokes the body as a starting point – a space, simultaneously, intimate and collective. A place of socio-political inscription, where history is contested and fantasies are established, as well as, time and temporality in relation to childhood transitions, to maturity, self-representation, memory, experiences and personal geographies“.

In the Luanda edition, Being Her(e) showcases more than 20 selected works that are described as being, “both in isolation and in dialogue with each other, confronting, contextualizing, question and redefining historical and contemporary notions of what it means to be a female body in Africa and in the African diaspora. Questioning preconceived ideas about femininity, while suggesting a broader reflection on the elusive theme of identity and its various forms of representation. ”

Here, curators Paula Nascimento and Violet Nantume not only respond to the recently past 2017 exhibition Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities but also continue the dialogue begun in Pretoria, South Africa in 2015 with Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity, an exhibition that sought to raise questions about the various layers of African identity and the urgency of forging new, unorthodox ways of seeing and being African.

About Kauru Contemporary Art Project NPC

The Kauru Contemporary Art Project aims to promote conversations in Africa and internationally that change perceptions of the continent through contemporary art. It provides a platform for African contemporary artists and cultural practitioners to engage with a showcase of contemporary art from the continent. The project is focused on dialogue around social and economic cohesion, transformation and access within the creative sectors in South Africa but also across the continent to strengthen engagement and build sustained relationships with creatives in countries around the African continent. Since inception in 2012, Kauru has exhibited over 100 artists from over 20 African countries.

About the curators

Architect and independent curator, Paula Nascimento is the founder of Beyond Entropy Africa, a research studio that operates in the fields of architecture, urbanism, visual arts, and geopolitics. She was co-curator of Beyond Entropy Angola at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012. Also as co-curator, she was awarded the Golden Lion for best national participation in 2013 at the 55th Venice Biennial of Arts with Luanda Encyclopedic City, which is currently part of the Zeitz MOCCA permanent collection in Cape Town. Nascimento also curated São Jorge Island, a traveling exhibition presented, among others, at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and at the 10th edition of the Bamako – Telling Time Biennial. Nascimento is also part of Zeitz MOCCA’s team of adjunct curators in Cape Town and has participated in several international projects. She is a co-editor of the publication Ilha de São Jorge –Visões desassombradas and was a jury member of the Novo Banco Photography Prize and the Johannesburg Art Fair in 2016. She has lectured in several academic institutions and has published texts in several magazines and newspapers.

Artist and curator Violet Nantume is a director at Kampala Art Auction. She is also based at Under Ground Contemporary Art in Uganda. She attended Asiko Art School and Global Crit Clinic held in Accra Ghana, 2013. Nantume has curated Eroticism and Intimacy I: Faces, Places, and Paths in Kampala (co-curators: Peter Genza and Moses Serubiri), and Eroticism and Intimacy I, Eroticism and Intimacy II, at the 2016 FNB Joburg Art Fair. She is presently working on a publication with Nubuke Foundation, Ghana, as well as the group show Indulgence, which reflects on social structure and spaces for gender fluidity in East African communities (co-curators: Nyambura M. Waruingi and Balimunsi Philip). In March 2017 she was awarded a KAAD Scholarship to do a Masters in Curatorial Studies at HFBK Hamburg in Germany.

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