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Syowia Kyambi, My Mother's Mother, 2015. Photo (c) Lara Buchmann

06.04.2017 - 28.04.2017

FAVT: Future Africa
Visions in Time

Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya

A collaboration between the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth and the Goethe-Institut Kenya

The Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus (University of Bayreuth) and the Goethe-Institut Kenya, in cooperation with the Nairobi National Museum are bringing the exhibition “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” to Nairobi. The exhibition will be open to the public from 07.04. to 28.04.2017 at the Nairobi National Museum. After the celebratory opening on 06.04.2017, a framework programme will be offering free guided tours, panel discussions, artists’ talks, lectures, concerts, film screenings, and more.

The exhibition “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time”, which was first shown at Iwalewahaus, University of Bayreuth in 2016, explores visions of future emerging from Africa and its diasporas. Which concepts of future are developed in moments of uncertainty and rupture, e.g. during the First World War, or in the liberation movements? How is future represented and visualized in art and fiction? In which ways does the past resonate into the future? And how can we anticipate from a troubling present? The curatorial process itself was an extraordinary one: Contemporary artists and researchers teamed up to work on their fields of interest together, ranging from ‘middle class’ to ‘queer futures’. Through this approach, the exhibition opens up spaces for innovative dialogues and perspectives, abandoning a single interpretation. Positions generated through this collaborative process also question academic knowledge production by aesthetically complicating them.

“FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” includes photography, installations, soundscapes, projections, text and performance. It serves as a public platform for discussing visions of future: The opening week will be framed by a programme presented by the Goethe-Institut Kenya, the Bayreuth Academy, the Iwalewahaus, the Institute of African Studies – Bayreuth, the DAAD Regional Office for Africa and the British Institute in Eastern Africa. It will intensify discussions of themes which are also reflected within the exhibition: “Middle class as fiction? Hopes, and the continuity of exclusion”, “The Future of Nature: Sustainability in the Anthropocene”, “Normalizing Mobility, Imagined Diasporas”, “Identities in Flux: Queering Futures”, and “Healing Hurts. Aesthetic and archival practices addressing traumatizing pasts”.

The Bayreuth Academy is an innovative research structure, which forms part of Bayreuth University. Since its inception in 2013, various artists and cultural producers have participated in and contributed to the work at the Bayreuth Academy, generating insights on topics such as “temporal orders”, “hope”, “utopia”, “dystopia” and “prognosis” amongst others. After the stop in Nairobi, “FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time” is traveling on to Johannesburg, South Africa, and other destinations on the African continent in 2017 and 2018, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institutes. As a process of ongoing exchange, the exhibition is changing its focus and content at each stop and will be accompanied by a programme which 'activates' its theme.

Artists

Emeka Alams, Rui Assubuji, Sam Hopkins, Délio Jasse, John Kamicha, Philipp Khabo Koepsell, Syowia Kyambi, Ingrid LaFleur, Kitso Lynn Lelliott, kara lynch, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Ato Malinda, Tumi Mogorosi, James Muriuki, Zohra Opoku, Abdi Osman, Simon Rittmeier, Ruth Sacks, Luís Sala, Moses Serubiri, Kae Sun, Fabio Vanin.


Exhibition Opening

Thu 06.04.2017, 19.00 

Framework Programme

06.04. – 11.04.2017


Curator FAVT Nairobi

Anisha Soff

Curatorial Assistants FAVT Nairobi

Lara Fischer, Felicia Nitsche

FAVT Curatorial Concept

Katharina Fink, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Nadine Siegert

Project Management FAVT Nairobi

Ruth Asan, Katharina Fink, Nadine Siegert, Anisha Soff, Nina Wichmann

Graphic Design (Exhibition)

Emeka Alams

Graphic Design (Print)

Ajmeet Bharij, Franziska Lukas

Installation & Technical Team

James Chege, Nairobi National Museum Technical Team, Patrick Wangila

Special Thanks To

Cynthia Olouasa, Svenja Mank, Susanne Gerhard, Franziska Lukas, Doris Löhr, Renate Crowe, Stefanie Knodel, Max Krogoll

Datum
06.04.2017 - 28.04.2017
Vernissage
06.04.2017 19:00
Ort
Nairobi National Museum
Kuration
Anisha Soff
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James Muriuki, Untitled, 2015. Photo (c) Lara Buchmann

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Zohra Opoku & Emeka Alams, Fallen, 2015. Photo (c) Lara Buchmann

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Ingrid LaFleur, The Resonance, 2015. Photo (c) Lara Buchmann