November 19 | 17.00
November 20 | 16.00
November 20 | 19.00
The installations take place within the framework of Flinn Works' White Money. Download the full programme HERE.
REHEMA CHACHAGE: I SHREDDED THEM ON YOUR BEHALF
Applying for funding is the arduous and often exhaustive negotiation between the self and an institution. We bend our sentences to fit into the abstract of a proposal that is supposed to inspire creativity, advance a decolonization process, or create new worlds. Unfortunately, the process of selection is anything but creative or decolonizing. Given the constant deformation of one's work to fit into funding pots and institutional agendas, what can we say about the rejection that reaches us after months of thoughtful speculation? The typical mass email that usually begins with We are sorry to inform you... or Unfortunately...? In a performative installation, artist Rehema Chachage begins by shredding rejected grant applications, turning them into new paper. From the fresh paper, she folds airplanes that will fly in different spaces and contexts of other White Money works.
REHEMA CHACHAGE (artist, Dar es Salaam/Tanzania and Vienna/Austria) is a visual artist whose work can be described as performative archiving. She collects and transforms stories, rituals and oral traditions using different media (performance, photography, video, text and physical installations). Her tracing work focuses particularly on women's history(s) in the Swahili region. She holds a BA in Fine Art (2009) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths University of London. She is currently working on her PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her work has been shown in Africa, Europe, Asia and South America.
INSTALLATION, PERFORMANCE Rehema Chachage Video Artists Candice Breitz, Aline Motta, Mario Pfeifer Deviner Adebowale Olayode
ADEREMI ADEGBITE: TUTUOLA INSTITUTE
Tutuola Institute is the first Nigerian cultural institute and celebrates its opening at Sophiensæle. Curator and artist Aderemi Adebite founded it in response to power dynamics between cultural institutions and cultural practitioners in the global North and global South. Tutuoala Institute is a registered NPO (non-profit organization) created as an alternative artistic intervention to mainstream postcolonial discourse. The Institute will disseminate Yoruba language and culture in various countries, promote international collaborations, and work with private and public cultural institutions. For its White Money opening, Tutoala Institute will present an exhibition of video art and professional consultations by spiritual diviners for individual audience members.
ADEREMI ADEGBITE (curator, photographer, Lagos/Nigeria) is Executive Director of the Vernacular Art-Space Laboratory in Lagos. He invented and curated a monthly literary and art project, Poetry Potter, which he directed in 2006 and 2010. With the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA Lagos), he initiated and curated P.A.G.E.S – another project that brings together visual art and literature. Aderemi traveled to many African countries in 2012 and 2013 with the exhibition Africa: See You, See Me - as assistant to curatorProfessor Awam Amkpa. Since 2016, he is the artistic director of Iwaya Community Art Festival (I C A F Lagos). Aderemi works for the Goethe-Institut Nigeria as a scout for the art scene in Lagos and is also a photographer.
Aritstic director Aderemi Adegbite
A production by Flinn Works in co-production with SOPHIENSAELE. Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. In cooperation with the Institute for Cultural Policy at the University of Hildesheim. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.