Kapwani Kiwanga — Ujamaa


Installation, video

Kapwani Kiwanga

Past: April 24 → October 9, 2016

Kapwani kiwanga grid Kapwani Kiwanga — La Ferme du Buisson Du 24 avril au 9 octobre, Kapwani Kiwanga investit la Ferme du Buisson avec un projet qui gravite autour de l'indépendance de la Ta... 2 - Bien Critique

Having followed a singular path from anthropology to the visual arts, Kapwani Kiwanga is now taking us into unexplored territory with a mix of fiction and documentary, science and magic, and politics and poetics.

After a number of well-received exhibitions abroad, La Ferme du Buisson is now presenting her biggest solo show to date.Kapwani Kiwanga draws on her training in the social sciences for experimental projects in which she plays the part of a researcher.

Her method consists in creating systems and protocols which function as filters through which she observes different cultures and their capacity for change. Her projects give rise to installations, videos, sound pieces and performances. In general terms her practice focuses on such concepts as Afro-futurism, anticolonial struggles and their legacy, and popular and vernacular cultures.

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Kapwani Kiwanga, Afrogalactica : Un abrégé du futur, 2011-2012, 0 © Kapwani Kiwanga

For her exhibition at La Ferme du Buisson, she is occupying all the art centre’s exhibition spaces with previous works and three big, site-specific installations. Via this blending of materials and ideas relating to economics, agriculture, magic, anthropology and museology, she extends earlier research, undertaken at the Jeu de Paume and the South London Gallery, into belief systems and pre- and post-independency trajectories in Tanzania.

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Kapwani Kiwanga, vue de l’exposition « Maji Maji », 2015, Jeu de Paume

Her project combines two lines of research: the first focusing on the magical powers attributed to plants in situations of political and social resistance; and the second into the concept of Ujamaa, the origin of pan-African socialism. In organic installations, videos, sound pieces and performances, Kapwani Kiwanga takes us on a journey through belief systems involving supernatural powers and political utopianism. This leads her, in turn, to scrutinise our ability to continue believing in various forms of resistance despite the failures of the past.

  • Opening Sunday, April 24 at 4 PM

    Navette gratuite de Paris — Opéra Bastille à 15h30 / réservation au 01 64 62 77 00

  • Event Saturday, May 21

    TaxiTram : parcours Jeu de Paume > Ferme du Buisson > Espace Khiasma

  • Visit Saturday, June 11 at 5 PM

    A tour by the curator Julie Pellegrin.

  • Meeting Sunday, September 11 at 4 PM

    Rencontre avec Marie-Aude Fouéré, anthropologue.

  • Event Saturday, October 8 at 3 PM

    Parcours : Centre Photographique d’Île-de-France > Ferme du Buisson

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Allée de la Ferme

77186 Marne-la-Vallée

T. 01 64 62 77 00 — F. 01 64 62 77 99


Opening hours

Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7:30 PM
Other times by appointment

Admission fee

Entrée libre pour toutes les expositions

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