in collaboration with Espace Khiasma
Opening: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 7 pm
Exhibition: March 8, 2014 - April 12, 2014
Opening Hours: Thu-Sun, 4-8 pm
and by appointment
Artists: Hicham Benohoud, Jesse Weaver Shipley, Karen Mirza & Brad Butler, Marta Popivoda & Ana Vujanovic, Gwenola Wagon & Stephane Degoutin, Penny Siopis, Hiwa K.
Curator: Olivier Marboeuf
Art directors: Dr. Bonaventure S.B. Ndikung, Dr. Elena Agudio
SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr. 20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln
Karen Mirza and Brad Butler, Hold Your Ground, 2012 HD video, 11'
How do we see fables of the West through our contemporary eyes? How do we feel them through our contemporary bodies? In Rendez-vous : sortie de mon corps, the body becomes a territory spoken through by a chorus of voices: a place where struggles of the past, forgotten narratives and events can reemerge, and where a blending between biography and allegory, or the personal and the historical, can be witnessed, if not enacted. This exhibition posits the idea of a body outside itself, escaped from its own life story. A body no longer the site of identity, but a terrain equally inhabited by intimacy, familiarity, strangeness and the unknown.
9.30pm - On the Turntables in SAVVY:ETC
The Soulvendor (Tropical Timewarp/Afrofunk Special!)
Afrobeat-Highlife-Funk-Jazz-Cumbia & more music from the tropical world.
SATELLITE N°2: ROUNDTABLE I
Tue., March 12, 4.30-7.30 pm & Wed., March 13, 4.30-7.30 pm
at THE NEST, NAIROBI, KENYA
mounir fatmi, History Is Not Mine, 2013, still from HD Video, Edition of 5. Courtesy the artist and Yvon Lambert, Paris
In collaboration with Jimmy Ogonga (Centre for Contemporary Art of East Africa, Nairobi, Kenya) and hosted by THE NEST, Giving Contours To Shadows presents its second satellite event. On the 12th and 13th of March 2014. we will meet leading Kenyan artists and thinkers to discuss two topics:
I. Beyond Amnesia: Alternative Narrations
II. The Written, The Spoken: Legends, Myths, Fictions & Histories
In the programme: intervention by Brazilian artist Paulo Nazareth.
You can watch both roundtables live at 2.30 pm (Berlin time) here.
Giving Contours to Shadows is a year-long research and exhibition project by SAVVY Contemporary and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.). Artists, curators and thinkers participating in the project relate to their epoch, the past and prospective trajectories, and thus weave alternatives to established narratives. The aim of the project is not to re-write history, but rather to explore possibilities of pre-writing history, enquire into the body as a site of discourse, delve into possibilities of sequestrating history, question the concept of the dominant canon, while poetically alluding to the sheer elasticity and fluidity of history.
The project is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation and Ernst Schering Foundation.
Nathalie Mba Bikoro. Pietà.
About transformation, strength, affection, the mother and the child
Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 7 pm
Curator: Chiara Cartuccia
SAVVY Contemporary I Richardstr.20 I 12043 Berlin-Neukölln
© Willan Octave-Emile
On Wednesday, March 26, within the frame of Present Tense Series, Nathalie Mba Bikoro will present the second part of the performance installation “Pietà; The Hammer, Mother & Child”. Pietà thematizes the concepts of resurrection and celebration of life and death. It investigates the significance of hammer as a tool of protest, love and trade, throughout its history to Michelangelo’s “Pietà”. This performance piece creates a symbolic link to Berlin’s political and social history, weaving poetry about the strength of humanity beyond the cultures.
- On The Economics Of Knowledge -
Official Parallel Project of the 5th Marrakech Biennale
Collaborative Satellite Project N°1 for GIVING CONTOURS TO SHADOWS
Exhibition: Feb. 28, 2014 - March 22, 2014
Artists: Gilles Aubry Earpolitics (CH) & Zouheir Atbane (MA), Younes Baba-ali (MA), Tal Isaac Hadad (FR), Anne Duk Hee Jordan (DE), Brandon LaBelle (US), Marco Montiel-Soto (VEN), Emeka Ogboh (NG), Lukas Truniger (CH) & Ali Tnani (TN), Paolo Bottarelli (IT), and Evgenija Wassilew (FR/DE)
Curators: Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung and Pauline Doutreluingne
ESAV Marrakech (l'École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech)
Initiated by SAVVY Contemporary and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), the research and exhibition project Giving Contours To Shadows embarks with its first satellite project If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? in the framework of the 5th Marrakech Biennale. The exhibition brings together twelve international artists working primarily with sound installations that thematize the tug of war between the cognitive, intellectual and the economic / financial capital. If You're So Smart, Why Ain't You Rich? explores how sound becomes haptic, tactile and textural in arts, society, politics and economy. The project is curated by Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung and Pauline Doutreluingne, and hosted by ESAV Marrakech (l'École Supérieure des Arts Visuels de Marrakech).