The Showroom

On Focus: Communal Knowledge At Large - Saturday 22 February

1-54 Forum
22 February 2020
La Mamounia
Marrakech, Morocco


Saturday 22 February 

13:00 - 14:30 - 'Context As Source': Christine Eyene and Jan Goossens, Marie-Ann Yemsi in conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose

What are the fundamental mechanisms that establish curatorial remits or exhibition-making as a tool to read a context? How do curators and artists predominantly working on the edges or outside of a determined territory or arena successfully build the connections with art and non-art audiences? Christine Eyene (Art Historian, Critic and Curator of the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca), Sofiane Ouissi (Co-Founder of L’art Rue and director of Dream City) Jan Goossens (Artistic Director, Festival de Marseille and Dream City), and Marie-Ann Yemsi (Art Consultant and Curator) in conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose.


14:45 - 15:45 - Artist Talk: Kiluanji Kia Henda

Invested in a postcolonial imaginary beyond both conceptual and physical remains of the colonial era, artist KILUANJI KIA HENDA’s work focuses on the role and engagement of individuals as participants of history writing and of the transformation of current or futuristic societies.

Image: Kiluanji Kia Henda, A City Called Mirage, 2014–17. Courtesy of the artist.


Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979 Angola, works between Luanda and Lisbon) employs a surprising sense of humour in his work, which often hones in on themes of identity, politics, and perceptions of postcolonialism and modernism in Africa. Practicing in the fields of photography, video, and performance, Kia Henda has tied his multidisciplinary approach to a sharp sense of criticality. Furthermore, his conceptual edge has been sharpened by immersing himself in music, avantgarde theatre, and collaborating with a collective of emerging artists in Luanda’s art scene. In complicity with historical legacy, Kia Henda realises the process of appropriation and manipulation of public spaces and structures, and the different representations that form part of collective memory, as a relevant complexion of his aesthetical construction.

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