An Afternoon with the Masks

With Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Eva Barois De Caevel, Kathy-Ann Tan u.a.

Performance, Discussion, Lecture, Conversation


Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

13.1.2018, ifa Gallery Berlin

2 pm Performance: Wura-Natasha Ogunji, The Kissing Mask

The Kissing Mask is inspired by one of ruby onyinyechi amanze's drawings titled: that low hanging kind of sun, the one that lingers two feet above your head, (never dying) house plants in exchange for your freedom...orchids in exchange for your love, who are you kissing, when you kiss a mask? The Kissing Mask reconnects the 'artifact' to the present moment by proposing an intimate act between artist, mask and viewer. 

2:30 pm Discussion with the performers

3 pm Lecture by Eva Barois De Caevel:
"Acting Decolonially – From Adrian To Zora – Black Women Performing" (EN)
An art history journey through works by Black African, American, and European women artists from the 20th and 21st centuries whose « performances » (in a broad sense) disrupted colonial thought. Starting with Adrian Piper and her « Calling Cards », ending with Zora Neale Hurston and her dance stagings, meeting Grace Jones’s boldness on the way.

3:30 pm Coffee break

4 pm Kathy-Ann Tan and Wura-Natasha Ogunji in conversation: "Perfomance, Masking and 'the limits of empathy and identification’" (EN)

In the framework of the exhbition „Every Mask I Ever Loved – Wura-Natasha Ogunji“ 

Event held in English.
Admission free!

Eva Barois De Caevel is an independent curator. She works as a curator for RAW Material Company and is the coordinator of the RAW Academy (Senegal). In 2016, she was part of the curatorial team of EVA International - Ireland's Biennial. She is also editor for the Institute for Human Activities (Congo, The Netherlands, Belgium). Eva is one of the founding members of the curatorial collective Cartel de Kunst, created in 2012, and based in Paris. She is the recipient of the ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award 2014.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji (b.1970 in St. Louis, USA, based in Lagos, Nigeria) holds a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and an MFA in Photography from San Jose State University. She is a recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and has received grants from the National Performance Network, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art and the Idea Fund.

Kathy-Ann Tan is a Berlin-based academic who received her PhD and Habilitation in North American Literatures and Cultures from the University of Tübingen. She is currently a guest professor at the University of Paderborn. Her current research project, “The Aesthetics of Decolonization: Performance, Affect and Visual Perception”, explores how dominant narratives of western modernity are complicated, challenged and re-negotiated in performance and visual cultures (visual art, site-specific performances, museum interventions, etc.), cultural practices, and social formations.

  • Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

  • Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

  • Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

  • Photo: Victoria Tomaschko

  • Photo: Victoria Tomaschko