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The ____ bends in the wrong direction - Episode 2_Chapter one

The ____ bends in the wrong direction - Episode 2_Chapter one

27/03/2018 › 30/03/2018 van 18:00 tot 18:00

Showroom, Campus Congres, Kerkstraat 45, 2060 Antwerpen

Artist in residence Phumulani Ntuli presents :

The ____ bends in the wrong direction - Episode 2_Chapter one

Artist Phumulani Ntuli (RSA, °1986), investigates the substance of an event, in its different variations.
Within the series Phumulani Ntuli re-calibrates the multi-layers of an event, through processes of data collections, re-enactment and mix theory.
Episode 2. Chapter one unpacks the image of Nsala taken by Alice Seeley Harris a missionary who settled in the Congo in 1898. Nsala is a subject in the photograph, a man who worked in the rubber plan­tations. The body of work is composed of a series of components and entry points of found moving images and sound. 
Episode 2. Chapter one approaches found material to reposition the gaze of trophy imag­es as Suvendrini Perera states “the trophy body of the nonhuman is the figure of a dense meshing of histories, relations, practices, aesthetics and technologies. A series of crossings and recrossings of speciation and racialization locate the nonhuman body as trophy artefact”.
Episode 2. Chapter one attends to the trophy image to comprehend its socio-political conditions within contemporary rep­resentations, decoloniality, public space and futurity.

Phumulani Ntuli holds a Masters in the Fine Arts- Arts Public Sphere from (ECAV) Ecole Cantonale D’Art du Valais in Sierre-Switzerland and was awarded Prix-excellence for his ongoing research project “Permutations of an event” centered around notions of archives and surveillance. Ntuli’s opus merges the ambit of artistic research, sculpture, video installations and performative practices. Ntuli’s process is formulated by artistic convergences that overlap between/ around and/or in documentation(s), image and visual as spaces of engagement. He consistently engages diverse publics/ audiences and attempts to make visible History’s gaps/ breaks/ silences/pauses and remnants. Ntuli’s artistic framework draws in these issues immanence/ imminence within our present and how they can influence practices within the spectrum of decoloniality.

As an artist/ practitioner Ntuli has presented and/ or contributed work within the context of the 2016 Kampala Biennale in Uganda curated by Elise Atangana, the 2016 Bone Performance Festival in Bern Switzerland, curated by Valerian Maly and also performed in the 2016 Act Festival in Geneva, Basel, Sierre and Zurich. During the aforemen­tioned year, Ntuli participated in resi­dencies/ workshops at the Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, Italy and the Alps Art Academy in Chur, Switzerland.

Kerkstraat 45
2060 Antwerpen
28, 29 & 30th of March - 14h-18h
Opening 27th of March - 18h

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