May Friday 5. The women the crocodile and the possibilities of Futures with Helena Uambembe
Publication Screen & Encounter: Helena Uambembe
The Women, the crocodile and the possibilities of Futures
Date: May Friday 5
The women the crocodile and the possibilities of Futures is a new series that is a continuation of watercolor monotypes My Uncles Crocodile 2021. The works are an imagination of a folktale written by Uambembe, about women and crocodiles who come to each other’s aid in times of distress.
The work looks at how we could learn from crocodiles and their relationship with the earth and water. The tale is inspired by the Pomfrets communities first base in Bufalo Namibia, that was on the Caprivi strip along the Okavango River.
Helena Uambembe is an Angolan-South African artist whose work interrogates the dyadic relationship between the political (world politics) and the domestic (personal politics). Drawing from personal and familial history, Uambembe maps the ideological and intimate space created by the historical and colonial links between Angolan, Southern African and global history. Born in South Africa in 1994, her Angolan parents fled the Angolan civil war back in 1975 and settled in the embattled Pomfret with other families of the 32 Battalion. This complex family history (itself a disruption of current accepted narratives of post-colonial Africa), the 32 Battalion, Pomfret and her Angolan heritage are dominant themes in her multi-disciplinary approach. In 2022 Uambembewas awarded the Baloise Art Prize 2022 for her installation What you see is not what you remember, shown at Art Basel, Statements Section. She is currently based in Berlin where is a fellow of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).
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Event held onsite: Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin