In Conversation: Christian Nyampeta

Christian Nyampeta

1 October 2017

Sunday 1 October, 3.00 - 4.30pm

On the occasion of his exhibition Words after the World, Christian Nyampeta will be in conversation with curator Taylor Le Melle. The talk will focus on Nahum D Chandler’s notion of desedimentation first mentioned in his work Towards an African Future – of the Limit of World in relation to the temporal and geographic movement in translation. Nyampeta and Le Melle will consider these movements between French, English to Kinyarwanda and the sedimentation that happens with these translations of words which contain their own history, geography and philosophy.

Christian Nyampeta creates fictions, models, dialogues and commentaries, concerned with the difficulties of being in common. Recent contributions include Intimate Trespass: Hapticality, Waywardness, and the Practice of Entanglement––A Study Day with Saidiya Hartman, organised by Dr Rizvana Bradley and the Serpentine Gallery; Now is the Time of Monsters. What Comes After Nations? at HKW in Berlin; and Displacement and the Making of the Modern World at Brown University, Providence. Recent exhibitions include Space Force Construction, the inaugural exhibition of the V-A-C Foundation headquarters in Venice, co-organised by the Art Institute of Chicago. Nyampeta convenes the Nyanza Working Group of Another Roadmap School Africa Cluster. He runs Radius, an online and occasionally inhabitable radio station, and he is a research student at the Visual Cultures Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Taylor Le Melle is a curator, writer and researcher. Recent exhibitions include McKenna Museum of Art (New Orleans), Chisenhale Dance Space, Arcadia Missa, Assembly Point (all London). Writing has been featured in: Dream Babes (Speculative Futures) by Victoria Sin and published by PSS, Archipelago Magazine (Goldsmiths, Politics Dept) and Basic Instructions B4 Leaving by Zadie Xa. Taylor has a chapter in the forthcoming Gender and Space (Macmillian) ed. Aimee Meredith Cox.

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