Curated by Janine Gaëlle Dieudji and Justin Randolph Thompson of BHMF (Black History Month Florence)
For the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, the artists Délio Jasse, Anna Raimondo and Jebila Okongwu will engage in a dialogue with the curators and the public, to provide insight to their work and to the broader themes embraced by the exhibition.
Délio Jasse (born in 1980, Luanda, Angola) currently lives and work between Lisbon and Milan. In his photographic work, Délio Jasse often interweaves found images with clues from past lives (found passport photos, family albums) to draw links between photography and memory. Jasse is also known for experimenting with analogue photographic printing processes as well as developing his own printing techniques. Recent exhibitions include the group shows African Metropolis at the Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo in Rome (2018) and Recent Histories: New Photography from Africa in the Walther Collection Project Space in New York (2017). Further his work was part of the official selection of the 12th Dakar Biennale (2016), and the 56th Venice Biennale (Angolan Pavilion, 2015). He was one of three finalists in the BES Photo Prize (2014) and won the Iwalewa Art Award in 2015.
Anna Raimondo (born in 1981, Naples, Italy) lives in Brussels and works internationally. Her work is a medium for encounters and exchanges. It can be defined as a journey into the social diversity while creating possible areas of interaction. The method is flexible and variable, accepting the accidental as the unforeseeable. Anna Raimondo’s process enables her to prepare to be part of the exchange and makes her art a meeting place.This material then becomes the imprint of a performance, as well as images, videos, radiophonic creations and, ultimately, all the work of the artist, who has journeyed to numerous countries in Europe, Africa and South America. There is also a humorous and playful aspect, both in the actions in public spaces and in her plastic creations. Anna Raimondo completed the MA Sound Arts at the London College of Communication (UAL, London) and she is running a practice based PHD between Arba (Ecole des Beaux Arts) and ULB University in Brussels. She has participated in several inter-national exhibitions including: “New bounderies of the Wellness of Vagynal Ecosystem” at Ex Elettrofonica Gallery (Rome IT); “New bounderies of the Wellness of Vagynal Ecosystem” at TEA Museum (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, ES); the 13th Dakar Biennial (SN) in the frame of the collective show “Invisible” ; “Pavillon de l’Exile” at French Institute (St.Louis, SN); “Loading...Casa” in the frame of the Dubai Design Week; “Mi porti al mare?” at the MAAC (Brussels, BE); the solo show “Nous serons sérieuses de la manière la plus joyeuse” au Cube-Independent Art Room (Rabat, MA); the collective show “Africa is not an island” at MACAAL’s museum (Marrakech, MA); etc. Her radiophonic works have been broadcast internationally. She has won the Palma Ars Acustica 2016, the price of best soundscape with “La vie en bleu” in the frame of the sound art competition PIARS and the prize of the city in the frame of the contemporary art prize Mediatine.
Jebila OkongwuJebila Okongwu critiques stereotypes of Africa and African identity and repurposes them as counterstrategies, drawing on African symbolism, spirituality and history. Socio-political concerns are also fundamental to his art. Okongwu often works with banana boxes and considers that their cliched slogans and tropical graphics articulate an ‘exotic’ provenance, much like the exoticisation of African bodies from an ethnocentric per-spective. When these boxes are shipped to the West from Africa, the Caribbean and South America, the old routes of slavery are retraced, accentuating existing patterns of trade, migration and exploitation. A recent motif in Okongwu’s work is the volcano. Symbols of power and violence, they are also employed as a metaphor to suggest growing social unrest, insurrection against social injustice and hint at the possibility of apocalypse or revolution. Prominent institutions that have hosted exhibitions of the artist include the American Academy in Rome (2015), the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Naples (2014), and the ACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2013). Solo exhibitions include Baert Gallery, Los Angeles (2017), Galleria Lorcan O’Neill, Rome (2013) and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney (2012). The artists lives and works in Rome.Schengen is a three-part xhibition that examines the limitations of socio-cultural and political borders through a totemic memorialization of the migration of bodies and the flow of goods. Drawing upon transnational identity and the blue water of the Mediterranean as fluid conceptions of legality and humanity, the works problematize the values instilled by internatio-nal agreements, whose application often leads to disastrous consequences. The destabilizing of the environmental impact of fading traditions, the evasion of prescribed images of nationalistic belonging and the escalation of global crisis set the foundation for ruptured canons and displaced cultural legibility.
Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 2 to 6 pm and on appointment.
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