Around the Centre #1

With Titilayo Adebayo, Danielle Dean, Paul Maheke, Nkisi, Maboula Soumahoro, NON Worldwide DJ set.
This highlight of the exhibition Le centre ne peut tenir in Lafayette Anticipations’ Agora gathers three participating artists - Danielle Dean, Paul Maheke, and Nkisi - and their collaborators around a program conceived in complement to their new productions. Together, they tackle themes of representation, beyond categories of race and gender, subject-making or even strategies of disidentification and protection, such as translucence.

The evening begins with a conversation between Danielle Dean and Maboula Soumahoro, professor and founder of Black History Month in France, regarding Dean’s participatory film. Maboula Soumahoro was a key interlocutor in this project that attempts to deconstruct the racial dynamics attached to objects of consumption as well as their implicit class and gender biases. Dean and Soumahoro will engage in a dialogue on the artistic and discursive processes of Bazar, tackling the larger themes of construction and deconstruction of roles.

The second part of the evening is a choreographed performance by Ligia Lewis in collaboration with Paul Maheke, and preformed by Titilayo Adebayo to a rhythm composed by Nkisi. Concise repetitive gestures, mumbled words akin to spells being cast, ambiguous objects, ghostly shadows and long echoes serve as strategies to build a poetic, ambiguous and penetrating space, oscillating between the visible and the erased. The performance will be followed by a DJ set by Nkisi, inviting the audience to join their movements to those of the performers.

Evening programme:

6 PM: Conversation between Danielle Dean and Maboula Soumahoro
8 PM: Performance by Ligia Lewis, Paul Maheke, Nkisi and Titilayo Adebayo
8:30 PM: DJ set by Nkisi

Access free of charge for all.
Performance de Ligia Lewis, Paul Maheke, Nkisi et Titilayo Adebayo à l'occasion de la journée Autour du Centre #1, 7 juillet 2018
Performance by Ligia Lewis, Paul Maheke, Nkisi and Titilayo Adebayo during Around the Centre #1, July 7, 2018 © Pierre Antoine
Conversation between Danielle Dean and Maboula Soumahoro during Around the Centre #1 at Lafayette Anticipations, July 7, 2018
Conversation between Danielle Dean and Maboula Soumahoro during Around the Centre #1, July 7, 2018 © Pierre Antoine
Performance by Ligia Lewis, Paul Maheke, Nkisi and Titilayo Adebayo during Around the Centre #1, July 7, 2018 © Pierre Antoine
Performance by Ligia Lewis, Paul Maheke, Nkisi and Titilayo Adebayo during Around the Centre #1, July 7, 2018 © Pierre Antoine
DJ set by Nkisi during Around the Centre #1, July 7, 2018
DJ set by Nkisi during Around the Centre #1, July 7, 2018 © Pierre Antoine

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Through a varied and often collaborative body of work comprising performance, installation, sound and video, Maheke considers the potential of the body as an archive in order to examine how memory and identity is formed and constituted. The artist studied at the École nationale supérieure d’arts in Cergy and at Open School East, London/ Margate.
Previous solo exhibitions include: Acqua Alta, Galerie Sultana, Paris; What Flows Through and Across, Assembly Point, London; In Me Everything is Already Flowing, Center, Berlin (all 2017); and I Lost Track of the Swarm, South London Gallery (2016).

Selected group exhibitions include: Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern, London; Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; Posthuman Complicities, Akademie der Künste, Vienna (all 2017); Slope-tend-big, Grand Union, Birmingham; and Ways of Living, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (all 2016). In 2018 Chisenhale Gallery (London, UK) will present his first major solo presentation in a UK institution.
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À travers un corpus varié et souvent collaboratif comprenant performances, installations, son et vidéo, Paul Maheke se penche sur le potentiel du corps comme archive afin d'examiner comment se forment et se constituent la mémoire et l'identité. L’artiste est diplômé de l’École nationale supérieure d’arts de Cergy et du Open School East à Londres/Margate.
Parmi ses expositions individuelles figurent Acqua Alta, Galerie Sultana, Paris ; What Flows Through and Across, Assembly Point, Londres ; In Me Everything is Already Flowing, Centre, Berlin (toutes en 2017) ; I Lost Track of the Swarm, South London Gallery (2016). Il a, entre autres, participé aux expositions collectives suivantes : Ten Days Six Nights, Tate Modern, Londres ; Pavillon de la diaspora, 57e Biennale de Venise, Italie ; Posthuman Complicities, Akademie der Künste, Vienne (toutes en 2017) ; Slope-tend-big, Grand Union, Birmingham ; et Ways of Living, David Roberts Art Foundation, Londres (toutes deux en 2016). En 2018, Chisenhale Gallery (Londres) présentera sa première grande exposition solo dans une institution britannique.