All posts tagged: Tiwani Contemporary

The Stranger’s Notebook – Dawit L. Petros’ Journey Across Africa

Dawit L. Petros was born in Eritrea, East Africa. He is now based in New York City. As such, his work, the gallery says, “explores the relationship between African histories and European ideas of modernism.” The project’s title, The Stranger’s Notebook, encompassing a sprawling journey across Africa, makes reference to the French philosopher Albert Camus’ novel L’Etranger (1942), of how Camus understand and communicated “the experience of outsiderness”. Petros also uses as influence the German sociologist Georg Simmel’s ideas of the ‘paradoxical stranger’. “If wandering is the liberation from every given point in space, and thus the conceptional opposite to fixation at such a point, the sociological form of the “stranger” presents the unity, as it were, of these two characteristics,” Simmel wrote in his seminal essay. But it was Fesseha Giyorgis, an Abyssinian cultural figure widely regarded as the father of Tigrinya literature, but barely known in Western literary circles, who formed the basis of Petros’ artistic and photographic practice. Giyorgis wrote travelogues at the turn of the 20th century.  Petros identifies About the Author’s Journey from Ethiopia to Italy and …


Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s photographic maps of the Milky Way

Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum was born in 1980 in Mochudi, Botswana, and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She has lived between Africa, Southeast Asia, Canada and The United States. Motivated by her experiences in such diverse locales, Sunstrum explores “how one’s sense of identity develops within geographic and cultural contexts”, she says. Her drawings, narrative landcapes shift between representational and fantastical depictions of volcanic, subterranean, cosmological, and precipitous landscapes. The exhibition at London’s Tiwani Contemporary will be Sunstrum’s first solo exhibition in the UK, following the group exhibition Mythopoeia at the same gallery in April 2015. She has previously exhibited at FRAC Pays de Loire, France in 2013, Brundyn Gallery, Johannesburg in 2014, MoCADA, New York in 2011, and at the 2012 Havana Biennial.       Polyhedra merges time-lapse photography of the milky way with Sunstrum’s own watercolour paintings and the work of Tempest Anderson, an early 20th-century explorer and pioneer in volcanic photography. Several of these works are born out of a study of 18th-century European philosophers’ preoccupation with ideas of the Sublime. Sunstrum embeds elements of geometry …


Dissecting post-colonial memory with colour and experimental print techniques

The work of Angolan photographer Délio Jasse is colourful and textured, experimenting with analogue photographic printing processes such as cyanotype and platinum. His work has caught the eye of London gallery Tiwani Contemporary, who now represent the 35-year-old. Jasse has previously exhibited at the gallery, which focuses on Africa and the diaspora, as part of the group exhibition The View From Here, and recent exhibitions include a solo show at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town (2014) and group shows at Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2013) and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon (2013). Jasse was also one of three finalists in the BES Photo Prize (2014), and is part of the official selections for the Angolan pavilions at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015) and World Expo, Milan (2015). His work draws links between generations and cultures, combining found imagery with his own photography to explore memory. As he tells us, “Photography and memory are deeply connected. Photography can bring you back to a moment in the past, we need a visual hint to remember certain things or faces. At …


Rotimi Fani-Kayode – The Art of Exile

In January 2014, Nigeria’s president, Goodluck Jonathan, signed a new law that allows his courts to punish same-sex “amorous relationships”, along with a raft of other anti-gay legislation that carries penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment. Gay organisations – from advocacy groups to nightclubs – are now banned, and “aiding and abetting” a gay man or woman can carry the same punishment. Landlords, family, neighbours, fiends and employers of gay people are now seen as criminals in the eyes of Nigerian law. And in those areas to the north of the country that have adopted some form of Shari’a law, corporate punishments have included whippings, and could extend to execution. He may not be as outspoken as Simon Lokodo, ‘ethics and integrity’ minister of Uganda, who recently responded “why would I eat my own feaces?” when asked whether he would every consider kissing another man, but Goodluck is clearly a homophobe. However, these remorseless measures were not likely passed out of a sense of conviction, rather it’s because they’re popular. Because Nigeria is not …


BJP Staff