Jim Chuchu: Invocations
From June 21, 2017 to June 24, 2018, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art will present Invocations by Kenyan artist Jim Chuchu. The museum is the first institution to acquire and display the artist’s mesmerizing suite of video projections, Invocation: The Severance of Ties (2015) and Invocation: Release (2015).
Curated by Karen E. Milbourne, the two distinct video loop in succession follow the structure of initiation rituals. Surrounded by Chuchu’s pulsing house beats and evocative imagery, viewers are invited to contemplate the separations and releases that shape our individual and collective identities. “Jim Chuchu’s Invocations is politically charged, visually seductive and technically sophisticated. These works of art are a legacy of our times and a tribute to the vision of a uniquely multifaceted artist,” said Milbourne.
Jim Chuchu was born in 1982 in Nairobi, Kenya. He is co-founder and member of the Nest Collective. His range of work includes films, photography and music. Chuchu has produced a number of short films, including Homecoming, premiered at 2013 Durban International Film Festival followed by screening at the Toronto Film Festival, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival. Also the internationally recognised film, Stories of Our Life, which was included in the Documentary Fortnight 2015: MOMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media. Jim Chuchu has featured his works in several exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Visions of Africa, Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa (2014); Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Vitra Design Museum, Germany (2015); Now Cinema: Home Affairs, NOW Gallery, Seattle Art Fair, Seattle (2015); The Bones Remember FNB Joburg Art Fair, South Africa (2016); and Fashion Film in Africa, Guggenheim Bilbao (2016).
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