Artist in residence Neo Sinoxolo Musangi (Kenya) is a ‘non-person of no particular significance to the survival of any species’. Neo experiments with installations, performances, and text. During this event, four video installations will be screened simultaneously. Three of them are based on a performance done by Neo in the streets of Amsterdam at the beginning of September 2017. The fourth video is a recording of a speech by a prominent personality in South Africa in recent times (TBA). After the videos, you are invited to join the panel discussion and share your thoughts about the everyday urban life and how such issues question the imaginations of an inclusive Europeand to talk with Neo.
Through their work, Neo attempts to examine the place of history as a metaphorical interpretation for both being and dying. What began as a personal crisis of existentialism has translated into images of bodies and things that sometimes will resonate with people intent on unlearning. Their practice embodies an idiosyncratic view of the archive, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between coloniality, bodies and place. They have exhibited in group shows in South Africa and in Nairobi and they currently spend their time thinking about the life of dogs and strategies for tax abolition.
The art residency of Neo is financed and supported with a Seed Grant XL of the Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam, organized by Tracian Meikle and Francesco Colona. Neo’s residency at the Centre for Urban Studies seeks to bridge the gap between academia and art. It articulates the two realms in a non-hierarchical transdisciplinary process. This residency is not only a vehicle for academics in the CUS to engage with artistic practices, but also a moment for anyone who is interested in queerness, race, and coloniality to learn and engage with each other.