Goodman Gallery Film Programme: History is Not Mine
Screening Room, 12:00 – 13:00 daily
Goodman Gallery presents a film programme entitled History is Not Mine, which variously considers overlooked and suppressed histories. Mounir Fatmi’s History Is Not Mine (2013), from which the programme draws its title, depicts a man striking the keys of a typewriter with two hammers, implicating the viewer into the violent inscription in red ink of the hammer blows. Tabita Rezaire’s video Deep Down Tidal (2017) explores the transoceanic networks into which Africa is implicated, navigating the ocean as a graveyard for Black knowledge and technologies. Kiluanji Kia Henda’s short film Havemos de Voltar (We Shall Return) (2017) takes its title from a poem by Agostinho Neto, which proposes that in order for Africans to be effectively independent they should repatriate all cultural heritage from the pre-colonial period. In Hank Willis Thomas’s video Overtime (2011) a lone basketball player pits himself against the perimeters of the court, the hoop is at once a noose and history itself.
Tabita Rezaire(b.1989, Paris, France) is a French-born Guyanese/Danish new media artist, intersectional preacher, health practitioner, tech-politics researcher and Kemetic/Kundalini Yoga teacher based in Johannesburg. Rezaire’s practice explores decolonial healing through the politics of technology. Navigating architectures of power – online and offline – her works tackle the pervasive matrix of coloniality and its effects on identity, technology, sexuality, health and spirituality. In 2017, Rezaire presented her first solo show Exotic Trade at the Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. Rezaire has shown her work internationally – Berlin Biennale; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, Paris; MoCADA, NY; The Broad, LA and presented her work on numerous panels – Het Nieuwe Institut, Rotterdam; Royal Academy, The Hague; Kunsthalle Bern; National Gallery, Harare; Cairotronica; Fakugezi Digital Art Africa, Johannesburg. Rezaire lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mounir Fatmi (b. 1970, Tangier, Morocco) is a multimedia artist based in Paris who has exhibited widely internationally. His works have been shown in numerous solo exhibitions at the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, National Picasso Museum War & Peace, FRAC Alsace, Le Parvis Contemporary Art Center and the Fondazione Collegio San Caro Modena. He has participated in several group shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, The Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Museum on the Seam, Jerusalem, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha and the Hayward Gallery in London. Fatmi lives and works between Paris and Tangier.
Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976 in Plainfield, United States of America) is a conceptual artist whose work focuses on themes related to perspective, identity, commodity, media, and popular culture. He often incorporates recognisable icons into his work, many from well-known advertising and branding campaigns. He has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and abroad and his work is in numerous collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art. His collaborative projects have been featured at the Sundance Film Festival and installed publically at the Oakland International Airport. Thomas lives and works in New York City.
Kiluanji Kia Henda (b. 1979 in Luanda, Angola) 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. His solo exhibitions have been held in galleries and institutions around the world. His work has featured on biennales in Venice, Dakar and São Paulo as well as major travelling exhibitions such as Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design and The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Hell, Purgatory revisited by Contemporary African Artists. Most recently Kia Henda was the recipient of the Frieze Artist Award (2017). Kia Henda currently lives and works between Luanda and Lisbon.
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