Dialogue forum with Angolan artist Yonamine: "Archive Remix", Thursday 23 August 2012, 7pm, Galerie Listros

On Thursday 23 August 2012 at 7pm AfricAvenir, Listros and Iwalewa-Haus Bayreuth invite you to a dialogue forum with Angolan artist Yonamine on the topic of "Archive Remix" at Galerie Listros. Yonamine was born in Luanda in 1975 and has lived in Angola, the DR of Congo, Brazil, Great Britain and Portugal. His installations and video works deal with Angolan history, but are inspired simultaneously by popular culture and Pop Art. A presentation of images from a collective archive will be interspersed with ironic comments on present-day Africa at play with the continent's icons and heroic figures. He is currently an artist in residence at the Iwalewa-Haus and is working on his project 'Reichsparteitagsgelände'.

"As a whole, we might term the works by Yonamine (b. 1975) as diaries or even archaeologies. On time, on the past and the present (on the re-invented, re-updated), on life. His and that of the world.

The way he constructs the work (in puzzle) and its process of accumulation and random fragmentation, almost surrealist, can tell us a great deal about how today we all are fragmented identities, broken mirrors. Ongoing, flowing, frail identities, subjected to several different types of violence.

In his modus operandi Yonamine proposes a universe that coincides more with the authentic aspect of life, going against the most machine-like and homogenous view of a world that nowadays one wants to be “hygienic” and perfect. As is shown by some of the symbols in his works, here it is forbidden to wash, iron or tidy up. Unlike other artists we may evoke here, like Basquiat, the wole process here is however, drawn up within a greatly humorous Pop language. As if laughter, in its derisory understanding, were the best weapon of catharsis.

Yonamine brings together a set of situations that oscillate between a past, a present and a possible future, offering a concept of time that escapes limitation. Like in the language of Reggae DJs, in his work we may think about the concept of rewinding, and at the same time we are located within today.

Through his vast and labyrinthine set of subjects and forms, Yonamine grants us the possibility of travelling beyond the physical space of canvas." 
Carla Ultra Mendes, 2009

In conversation with Nadine Siegert, Head of the Iwalewa-Haus.

The event will be held in English.
Admission: €3


Venue: Galerie Listros
Kurfürstenstr. 33, 10785 Berlin

U1 Kurfürstenstraße | U2 Bülowstraße
Bus M19, M48, M85

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