THE OTOLITH GROUP
25/05/2019 - 18/08/2019
Curator(s): Annie Fletcher
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From May 2019 the Van Abbemuseum will hold Xenogenesis, the first large scale exhibition of The Otolith Group in the Netherlands. The collective was founded by artist Anjalika Sagar and theorist Kodwo Eshun in 2002. Xenogenesis will present artworks produced between 2011 and 2018. The works will be displayed in the ten rooms within the old building of the museum.
Together with guest programmer Richard Kofi, the Van Abbemuseum organises two events around the Xenogenesis exhibition. From 3pm onwards, various guests will be joining him in the museum for conversations, lectures and performances. Richard Kofi gives voice, colour, face and sound to Xenogenesis topics such as independence, decolonisation, futurism and the holistic approach to medicine.
CREOLIZING THE CANON
More and more museums are inviting academics and activists to explore the consequences of worldwide geopolitical issues at a local level. They're looking for fresh narratives and different voices that inspire people to look at the world from another perspective and, preferably, to change. It is an intensive process, and the question remains as to whether it will ever really be completed. Does decolonisation involve more than restoring the Eurocentric past and present of an institution? Can you actually celebrate successes in achieving decolonisation? Who are we doing it for anyway? Wouldn’t it be better if we simply founded new institutions; ones that examine new ways of thinking and the consequences of progress?
- Tickets: https://vanabbemuseum.nl/en/programme/programme/creolizing-the-canon/
Afrofuturism is a blend of imagination and technology used in the fight for freedom and equality of black communities across the globe. It is a positive method for rethinking problematic socioeconomic and neo-colonial structures and coming up with an alternative future. In which art forms can we see Afrofuturism being expressed? And how does Afrofuturism manifest itself in science or philosophy on utopian and occasionally dystopian worldviews?
- Tickets: https://vanabbemuseum.nl/en/programme/programme/afrofuturism/