Curated by BHMF , The project is in collaboration with Villa Romana
For the fourth edition of Black History Month Florence artist Christophe Ndabananiye returns to Florence following his 2018 fellowship at Villa Romana with a body of works that are a gesture and testament to the ritual of remembrance.
Ukumbusho: Remembrance Work is an outgrowth of the artist’s interrogation of time and memory which is embedded in layers of physical paint and glazes which glisten with a sense of temporality and a utility of mark that resists the romance of expressionism while maintaining its immediacy. Drips activate the walls of the space with a sense of functional application and technical notation embeds found objects with a geo- biographic resonance. Ndabananiye draws upon his own personal narrative of mobility and migration to transform works that document the artist’s time into a nuanced form of self portraiture.
The collage aesthetics mitigate the fragmentation of history and geography as they conflux. The project was realized in the period of residence of the artist at the Villa Romana as a fellow.
Born from a continuous search for a new language of self-portraiture through indicators of geography and the passage of time. The title, a Swahili word is simultaneously an allusion to the capacity of art to pay homage as a memorial and also to the conjuring of the past through artistic creation.
Through this project the artist, in dialogue with the theme of Black History Month Florence’s fourth edition ADAGIO invites the viewer to engage in a meditation on moving beyond memory as a passive act.
February 13 – March 10, 2019
mon-fri 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – free entrance
SRISA Project Space – Santa Reparata International School of Art
Via Santa Reparata 19r, 50129 Firenze