TIME-BASED VISUAL ART, PERFORMANCE, FILM/VIDEO
Afrogalactica is a film-performance by Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga. Featuring live reading and video projection, the performance casts Kiwanga as a fictional anthropologist who synthesizes fragments of poetry, mythology, pop culture, science, and scholarly discourse to challenge historical narratives regarding colonial struggle and the African diaspora. Reframing the tradition of Afrofuturism as a means to examine African subjectivity and undermine hegemonic discourse, Afrogalactica mixes fact and fiction to generate new stories out of the personal, the canonical, and the supernatural while speculating on possible futures.
Kapwani Kiwanga (b. 1978) was born in Hamiton, Canada and lives in Paris. She studied Anthropology and Comparative Religions at McGill University. Kiwanga was the 2016 Commissioned Artist at the Armory Show, New York and recently presented her work in solo exhibitions at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, The University of Chicago; The Power Plant, Toronto; La Ferme de Buisson, Noisiel; South London Gallery, London; and the Jeu de Paume, Paris.