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Published: 23 Sep, 2019

Opening at Bildmuseet: Grada Kilomba / A World of Illusions

NEWS Bildmuseet presents Grada Kilomba’s first solo exhibition in Scandinavia; a trilogy of poetic film installations that use antique dramas to highlight postcolonial issues of racism, gender oppression and violence. Opening on Art Friday 11 October.

In Grada Kilomba’s Illusions trilogy, we find the familiar stories of Narcissus and Echo, Oedipeus and Antigone in new versions performed by mime artists. The exhibition at Bildmuseet is the premiere of the third chapter of the trilogy, and the three large scale video works are thereby being exhibited together for the very first time.

You are invited to a press preview on Thursday 10 October at 10:00 (RSVP). Grada Kilomba will be present together with the actor and producer Moses Leo. The exhibition will be inaugurated in the evening of Friday 11 October with a conversation between the artist and Katarina Pierre, director and curator.

In her poetic film installations, Grada Kilomba combines performance, theatre, choreography, and music. She reworks ancient Greek myths and stages them together with mime artists. Drawing inspiration from African oral traditions, she takes on the role of a contemporary Griot, a storyteller who lets the classic tales speak directly on the current political issues. The precision of the artistic expression combined with its urgent message make Kilomba one of today’s most interesting artists.

Illusions Vol. III: Antigone (2019), is produced for and by Bildmuseet in collaboration with the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin. This new commission is exhibited together with Illusions Vol. I, Narcissus and Echo, which was produced for the Bienal de São Paulo 2016, and Illusions Vol. II, Oedipus, which was co-produced by Bildmuseet for the Berlin Biennale in 2018.

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Grada Kilomba (b. 1968, Lisbon) is based in Berlin. Her work has been presented at Documenta 14, Kassel (2017); 10. Berlin Biennale (2018); 32. Bienal de São Paulo (2016); Rauma Biennal Balticum (2016); Pinacoteca de São Paulo;  The Power Plant, Toronto; MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon; Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; e-flux, New York; WdW Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Secession Museum, Vienna; Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lissabon; PAC Milano; Bozar Museum, Brussels; SAVYY Contemporary, Berlin; Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin. Kilomba has a doctoral degree in philosophy and has taught at multiple universities, most recently at Humboldt University in Berlin. Her collection of short stories Plantation Memories: Episodes of Everyday Racism (2008) has been printed in 5 editions so far.

The exhibition Grada Kilomba / A World of Illusions is produced by Bildmuseet and curated by director Katarina Pierre. In 2020, it will be supplemented with a publication on the Illusions trilogy, including the scripts of the three pieces, new texts by Paul Goodwin and Gabi Ngcobo and a conversation between Grada Kilomba and Katarina Pierre.

Illusions Vol. III, Antigone (2019), is produced with support from Goethe-Institut Schweden and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Press Preview | Thursday 10 October 10:00–12:00. RSVP.

Exhibition Opening | Friday 11 October 17:00–21:00.

Press images | www.bildmuseet.umu.se/press-images

For further information, please contact
Katarina Pierre, museum director and curator
katarina.pierre@bildmuseet.umu.se, +46 90-786 96 32