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Opening: Penser l'Afrique

  • Slought Foundation 4017 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA, 19104 United States (map)

An exhibition and study program about African intellectual histories and the task of "thinking Africa" opening Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:30-8:30pm


Slought is pleased to announce Penser l'Afrique, an exhibition and transdisciplinary program of study about African intellectual histories, on display January 18 – February 14, 2018. Curated by James Merle Thomas (Dept. of Art History, Temple University), the exhibition and related programming will support the English translation of Penser l'Afrique [Thinking Africa], a book by philosopher Bourahima Ouattara, and is the inaugural North American solo exhibition of Christian Nyampeta, a visual artist and researcher who works across art, design, and theory.


Made possible through the support of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Department of Art History and General Activities Fund at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, the project will extend beyond its exhibition at Slought throughout the spring and includes workshops, lectures, and events, to be held at the Tyler School of Art through May 2018. Please join us for an opening reception and conversation between the curator, the artist, and theorist Nana Adusei-Poku on Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 6:30–8:30 PM. Announcements regarding additional programming are forthcoming.


Nyampeta's broader program is concerned with the ways that philosophical constructs—for example, the notions of rest, mutuality, or subjecthood—are translated into everyday life through debate, conversation, and cooperation. Operating in films, prototypes, and a discursive practice of collective translation, transcription, and publication, Nyampeta's transdisciplinary research yields permissive and equivocal propositions for working and living together. These processes are conducted through formal and informal activities, and include lectures, readings, film screenings, and the production of radio programs, many of which take place in what the artist describes as "hosting structures"—a series of inhabitable sculptural and functional objects that serve as a substrate for shared thought and action.


Penser l'Afrique will be staged through two overlapping components: a month-long exhibition held at the Slought; and a translation working group and related seminar dedicated to postcolonial aesthetics and theory that will collectively translate Ouattara's text and further contextualize the project through a series of events held this spring.


Earlier Event: January 18
Yolanda Wisher's Rent Party