SAVVY Contemporary: THE INCANTATION OF THE DISQUIETING MUSE. Von Göttlichem, Supra-Realem oder der Austreiberei von Hexerei

A project by SAVVY Contemporary and the Goethe-Institut South Africa

Opening: June 3 | 7pm
EXHIBITION: June 4 - August 7, 2016 | Thursdays-Sundays 2-7pm
INVOCATIONS: June 9 – 12

THE INCANTATION OF THE DISQUIETING MUSE deliberates around concepts of the supranatural beyond Western misconceptions – through an exhibition, performances, lectures, and other invocations. The project looks at how 'witchery' phenomena and practices manifest themselves within cultural, economical, political, religious and scientific spaces in Africa and beyond. It will explore 'witchery' as an epistemological space and a medium of continuities between the African continent and its Diaspora. 

Curator: Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Co-curator: Elena Agudio
Curator Performance Programme: Nathalie Mba Bikoro

Artists: Georges Adéagbo, Atis Rezistans, Sammy Baloji, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Haris Epaminonda, Em'kal Eyongakpa, Louis Henderson, Ayrson Heráclito, Dil Humphrey-Umezulike, Patricia Kaersenhout, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Vladimir Lucien, Marco Montiel-Soto, Emeka Ogboh, Priscila Rezende, Nassim Rouchiche, Georges Senga, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Andrew Tshabangu and Minnette Vári among others

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THE INCANTATION OF THE DISQUIETING MUSE is part of the African Futures project initiated by the Goethe-Institut. The project is supported by the Goethe-Institut and the TURN Fund of the German Federal Arts Foundation. What might various African futures look like? How do artists and scholars imagine this future? What forms and narratives of science fictions have African artists developed? Who generates knowledge about Africa? And, what are the different languages we use to speak about Africa’s political, technological and cultural tomorrow? These were some of the questions addressed by the festival African Futures, initiated by the Goethe-Institut. Three concurrent interdisciplinary festivals in Johannesburg/South Africa, Lagos/Nigeria and Nairobi/Kenya in October 2015 explored the future, following potential narratives and artistic expression in literature, fine arts, performance, music, film, and digital formats. In 2016, African Futures will be continued in Berlin in partnership with SAVVY Contemporary.