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Film noir per Lampedusa e Videozoom: Africana Womanism - Black History Month Florence 2017

Ispirato al Black History Month celebrato negli Stati Uniti e nel Regno Unito, l’evento fiorentino mette in risalto i contributi culturali della diaspora africana che hanno influenzato la cultura popolare Italiana.
Conferenze, proiezioni di film, letture di libri, mostre d’arte, eventi enogastronomici, concerti e spettacoli ricordano i più importanti passaggi della storia africana ponendola in relazione con il panorama contemporaneo fiorentino.

All’interno di questa iniziativa si inserisce la XV edizione della rassegna Videozoom curata da Antonella Pisilli che quest’anno presenta opere di 8 video artiste africane dal titolo “Africana womanism” e l’installazione “Film noir per Lampedusa” di Clay Apenouvon.

Videozoom: Africana Womanism è un progetto video “work in progress”: in mostra opere di video-arte contemporanea, presentate tenendo conto delle specificità culturali delle diverse realtà del mondo. Il progetto vuole proporre una visione nuova della donna africana attraverso l’occhio dell’artista; Africana Womanism, nello specifico, porta alla ribalta il ruolo di madri africane come leader nella lotta per ritrovare, ricostruire e creare un’integrità culturale che abbraccia gli antichi principi di reciprocità, equilibrio, armonia, giustizia, verità e ordine.
Fanno parte delle artiste di Africana Womanism: Nirdeva Alleck (Mauritius), Nathalie Mba Bikoro (Gabon), Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), Wanja Kimani (Kenia), Michèle Magema (RDC), Fatima Mazmouz (Marocco), Myriam Mihindou (Gabon), Tabita Rezaire (Francia-Guyana/Danese)

Film noir per Lampedusa, di Clay Apenouvon (Togo), interpreta una Lampedusa contemporanea, luogo di migrazioni; attraverso un’installazione site-specific, realizzata dall’artista per Murate Art District, si esplora la capacità dei materiali di essere supporto fisico e medium artistico per trasmettere il messaggio socio-politico dell’artista.
Non nuovo a questo tipo ti incursioni artistiche, Clay Apenouvon lavora con materiali plastici di colore nero, che evocano la liquida vischiosità del petrolio.

I due progetti sono stati inaugurati venerdì 3 febbraio 2017 alle ore 17.30 presso MAD Murate Art District.

Clay Apenouvon

Installation and visual artist

Born in 1970 in Lomé, Togo. He lives and works in both Aubervilliers and Lomé.

Clay Apenouvon participated in painting, graphic arts and screen-printing workshops in Togo before moving to Paris where he continued his initiation with the artists Claude Viallat and Mounir Fatmi. After exploring cardboard as a material, he developed the concept ‘Plastic Attack’ to raise public awareness of the harmfulness of plastic. More recently with the Film noir de Lampedusa (2015), he... denounced the indifference of Europe faced with the tragedy of illegal immigration. He used black stretch film to create an exceptionally powerful and evocative in situ installation.

Clay Apenouvon exhibited his work at the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London (2015) and in the collective work Visibles / Invisibles, l’Afrique urbaine et ses marges at the Fondation Blachère, France (2015). For The Day That Comes, he will create an original work in situ.

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Nirveda Alleck

Multidisciplinary artist

Born in 1975, Nirveda Alleck is a multidisciplinary artist living and practicing in Mauritius. She undertook her studies at Michaelis School of Fine Art in South Africa (BAFA 1997), and did her MFA at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland in 2001. Formerly a lecturer in Art Education in Mauritius, Alleck worked as an Art Consultant at the Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site in Mauritius, and is currently lecturing part time for the Master of Visual Arts course at the University of Mauritius.... />
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Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro

Conceptual artist

Bikoro is a conceptual artist from the region of Woleu-Ntem in North Gabon and is presently based in Berlin. A 10 year long battle with Leukaemia Cancer during their youth transposed her into different environments and languages in the Netherlands, France, UK, Brazil and Germany inevitably challenging her political positions, citizenship and feeding into her transdisciplinary practice as a visual activist, writer and teacher. The artist merges archeology, sonic radio, writing, textiles,... sculpture, live art performances, film & archives for immersive installations. The work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles and colonial memory. The artist creates environments for alternative narratives and future speculations of colonial resistance movements led by African women of the German, British and French diaspora and indigenous communities. Sedimented in narratives of testimonial Black queer experiences of sonic nature archives, revolt, queering ecologies and postcolonial feminist experiences towards new monuments which reacts to the different tones of societies shared between delusions & ritual. The work offers complex non-binary readings pushing  new investigations about the architectures of racisms in cities, the archeologies of urban spaces & economies of traditional systems by exposing the limitations of technologies as functional memory records.

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Rehema Chachage

Photographer, video artist, performer

Rehema Chachage is a visual artist whose practice can be viewed as a performative archive which untraditionally collects stories, rituals and other oral traditions in different media (performance, photography, video, text as well as physical installations); which traces hi/stories directly tied to women in the Swahili region; and, which employs written texts, oral and aural stories, melodies, and relics from several re-enacted/performed rituals as source of research.
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She holds a BA in Fine Art (2009) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; and an MA Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Practice from the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna where her research focus is on the archive and its methodologies, specifically observing ways of doing the archive differently through one’s practice as an artist.

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Wanja Kimani

Video artist, performer, writer

Wanja Kimani is a visual artist and writer based in Cambridgeshire, UK. Through film, textiles and installation, her work explores memory, trauma and the fluidity within social structures that are designed to care and protect, but mutate into coercive forces within society. She imposes elements of her own life into public spaces, creating a personal narrative where she is both author and character. Her work has been exhibited internationally. In 2018, her performance, ‘Expectations’ was... included in the Laboratoire Agit’Art presentation during Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art. In 2019, she presented her work at Art Dubai and as part of a group show, ‘Yesterday is Today’s Memory’ at Espace Commines, Paris, France.

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Michèle Magema

Photographer, video artist, performer

Michèle Magema, born in Kinshasa in 1977, is a Congolese-French video, performance, and photography artist. She was born in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo in 1977. She emigrated to Paris, France in 1984, and currently resides in Nevers.

Fatima Mazmouz


Fatima Mazmouz Nata il 2 maggio 1974 a Casablanca, in Marocco, è un fotografo, artista visivo, concettuale. La sua produzione artistica, LES VENTRES DU SILENCE, Pouvoirs et contre Powers, si occupa principalmente delle varie lotte di potere implicite e invisibili radicate nelle nostre società giudaico-cristiane e arabo-musulmane. Il suo lavoro traduce così la storia dell’emancipazione attraverso un profondo impegno per le libertà individuali. Con il progetto Super Oum e The Broken... Body, l’artista si inserisce in una lotta femminista in un contesto post-coloniale per una lotta alla discriminazione razziale e per i diritti delle donne (Diritto all’aborto per tutti).

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Myriam Mihindou

Photographer, video artist, performer

Myriam Mihindou grew up in Gabon with a French mother and a Gabonese father, before going into exile in France in the late 1980s. After a degree in architecture, she joined the school of fine arts in Bordeaux. Suffering from aphasia, a disorder of spoken and written language, she was at the time looking for a means of expression. Working initially on sculpture and forging, Joseph Beuys and Ana Mendieta encouraged her to direct her plastic exploration in nature through ritualized actions with... organic materials (earth, water, sun, paraffin, kaolin and tea). She graduated in 1993, developing a multidisciplinary plastic language, working as well in photography as in performance, video, drawing and sculpture. Her experience of travelling many countries including from Gabon to Reunion Island, from Egypt to Morocco, her works was nourished by these geographical and cultural encounters. Highly autobiographical, her creative processes probes memory, identity, the social, political and sexual body themes.

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Tabita Rezaire

Sound artist

Rezaire defines as “Franco-Guyano-Danish”. She grew up in Paris and studied there, as well as in Copenhagen and London, where she did a master’s degree at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. She then lived in Paris, Mozambique and Johannesburg from 2014. In 2017, she was welcomed in residence by MeetFactory in Prague, where she began working on sound.