Serge Alain Nitegeka: Black Encounters
From 19 September to 17 October 2020, Stevenson Johannesburg will present Black Encounters, a solo exhibition by Serge Alain Nitegeka.
In the artist’s previous exhibitions, abstracted forms and charged interplays of line and colour were employed to explore the possibilities of Black as a pictorial shade, a philosophical premise and an embodiment. For Black Encounters, Nitegeka deepens the recent shifts in his image repertoire towards figuration. Through paintings, installation and a sound piece in which Nitegeka reads an excerpt from his journal, the artist offers a close look at the bodily toll of movement and the mental consequences of the pursuit of refuge.
He writes: “In Black Encounters I continue to explore intimate experiences of forced migration; from the makings of abrupt travel and temporary dwellings to new physical and psychological encounters that emerge as a result. I will be stringing together narratives of displacement borrowed from personal experiences and those of refugees and asylum seekers from in and around Central Africa.”
Serge Alain Nitegeka was born in Rwanda in 1983 and lives in Johannesburg. In addition to six solo exhibitions at Stevenson, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2012-18), Nitegeka has exhibited at Marianne Boesky Gallery and Boesky East in New York (2018, 2016 and 2014); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia (2015); and Le Manège gallery, French Institute, Dakar (2012).
Group exhibitions include Mapping Worlds, Norval Foundation, Cape Town (2019); Remember to React: 60 Years of Collecting, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2018); Beyond Borders: Global Africa, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor (2018); Re/discovery and Memory, Norval Foundation, Cape Town (2018); Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, State University of New York (2018), and N’namdi Center for Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); Solidary & Solitary, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans (2017); I Love You Sugar Kane, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius (2016); A story within a story…, 8th Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2015); What remains is tomorrow, South African Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, The Harvey B Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina (2015); This House, part of Nouvelles vagues, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (2013); and The Space Between Us, ifa Galleries, Berlin (2013).
Nitegeka won the 2019 Grant-Award, from the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation; the 2018 Villa Extraordinary Award for Sculpture by the Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust; the 2010 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts, and in the same year was selected for the Dakar Biennale, where he won a Fondation Jean Paul Blachère prize.
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