HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? at Witte de With

11_NO NAME IN THE SHEETS

Artists: HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?

Exhibition title:  NO HUMANS INVOLVED

Curated by: Nana Adusei-Poku, Sienna Shields, Christa Bell, Defne Ayas, Natasha Hoare

Venue:  Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Date:  May 22 – August 16, 2015

Photography: Cassander Eeftinck-Schattenkerk, images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Witte de With

Witte de With is pleased to host HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, a multi-disciplinary arts collective made up of 45 artists who have lived and worked together, in various iterations, for the past twenty years. The collective consists of visual artists, writers, poets, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities. Projects conceived and created by this transnational collective ultimately function as laboratories for investigation, production and discourse.

Members of the collective recided in Rotterdam for two months to produce new work, including video and sculptural installations, printed matter, sonic scapes and film shorts. Many of these installations include algorithmically produced sounds, piezoelectric material interactions and visual material from social media, which are explored in relation to the body. By pushing the notion of technology in conjunction with socio-political questions into the physical, sensorial and hence affective realm the Collective is invested in aesthetically emphasizing what writer Sylvia Wynter called “sociogenic principle”. A concept that can be understood as a result of processes of social conditioning and culturally prescribed “sense of the self”, drawing from the work of the writer and activist Frantz Fanon.

The exhibition will be organized around the central question: “What does it mean to be human in a world which is continually contesting ‘certain’ people’s humanity?” and will explore different modes of perception as forms of aesthetic conceptual protest and disobedience to normative orders.The ‘new default’ position, which the collective aims to initiate, opens up a conversation around the multiplicity of our identities. Is it possible to move outside of aesthetic strategies that art, through ideological and institutional framings, has for a long time been complicit with? Can art subvert and truly free the body outside the peripheries of myth and representation to open up a debate that might lead to an understanding of what it “feels to be human”?

Exhibition Readings
Exhibition readings are offered by experts throughout the summer:
5 June, 2015: Teana Boston-Mammah (Researcher, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences)
3 July, 2015: Samir Bantal (Executive Manager, OMA)

Symposium
Also accompanying the exhibition is the symposium Between Nothingness and Infinity on Tuesday 14 July from 6pm, for more information please click here.

The exhibition is curated by Nana Adusei-Poku (Curatorial Fellow, Witte de With and Research Professor in Cultural Diversity at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences), Sienna Shields and Christa Bell of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, together with Defne Ayas (Director, Witte de With) and Natasha Hoare (Associate Curator, Witte de With).

1_Jasmine Murrell, Immortal Uterus

Jasmine Murrell, Immortal Uterus, 2014

2_Good Stock on the Dimension Floor

HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera (film still), 2014

3_Good Stock on the Dimension Floor

4_Good Stock on the Dimension Floor

5_Good Stock on the Dimension Floor

6_Good Stock on the Dimension Floor

7_Shores of the Abyss

Dominika Ksel, Nana Adusei-Poku, Christa Bell, and Jasmine Murrell, Shores of the Abyss, 2015

8_Shores of the Abyss

9_Belfry IO Black KRST IN SPRINGTIME

Kyp Malone, Belfry I/O Black KRST IN SPRINGTIME, 2015

10_Belfry IO Black KRST IN SPRINGTIME

11_NO NAME IN THE SHEETS

Pozsi Kolor, NO NAME IN THE SHEETS, 2015

12_thewayblackmachine

Sienna Shields, Richie Adomako, and Christa Bell, thewayblackmachine, 2014

13_Self Portraits and Other People

Dachi Cole, Self Portraits and Other People, 2015

14_Immortal Uterus

Jasmine Murrell and assistants, Immortal Uterus, 2015

15_Immortal Uterus

16_Gap Map

Candice Williams, Pozsi Kolor, and Dachi Cole, Gap Map, 2015

17_Exodus

Tiana Marenah, Exodus, 2015

18_Yam session

Yam session with members of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? on 19 April 2015 at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, photographer Aad Hoogendoorn

19_Yam session

20_Yam session

Yam session with members of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? on 19 April 2015 at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, photographer Aad Hoogendoorn

21_Yam session

22_Yam session

23_thewayblackmachine

Sienna Shields, Richie Adomako, and Christa Bell, thewayblackmachine, 2014

24_Performance

Performance by members of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? during the opening of the exhibition NO HUMANS INVOLVED on Thursday 21 May 2015 at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, photographer Aad Hoogendoorn

25_Performance

26_Performance

Performance by members of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? during the opening of the exhibition NO HUMANS INVOLVED on Thursday 21 May 2015 at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, photographer Aad Hoogendoorn

27_Performance

28_Performance

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