New Commission, supported by Arts Council England and Institut FranĂ§ais, London.
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Paul Maheke and Melika Ngombe Kolongo (Nkisi) will collaborate to produce a performance using African cosmology from the Bantu-Kongo and creation stories as its source material. A collaboration of music, design and performance, music producer Nkisi will provide the soundtrack and Ariel Efraim Ashbel the lighting design, within which Maheke will perform. This work is developed in collaboration with Performa in New York, where it will tour after its presentation in London.
Nkisi (b. Belgium) is the alias of Melika Ngombe Kolongo, an artist raised in Belgium and now living in London. She’s a producer, DJ and co-founder of NON Records, a collective of African artists and of the diaspora, using sound as their primary media, to articulate the visible and invisible structures that create binaries in society, and in turn distribute power. While producing her own tracks, she goes for a heavily layered, relentless sound, often playing with collective memory.
Paul Maheke (b. 1986, FR) lives and works in London. He received a BA (2009) and an MA (2011) in art practice from Ă‰cole nationale supĂ©rieure dâ€™arts de Clergy. He has completed residencies at Davidoff Arts Intiative (2018), Palais de Tokyo (2017) and South London Gallery (2016). His work has been acquired by public arts collections such as Art Council Collection, UK, Liverpool Walker Gallery, UK and Neues Museum NĂĽmberg, Germany. Reviews of his work have appeared in in Artforum, Mousse Magazine, and Kaleidoscope, among others. Recent solo shows include: Diable Blanc, Galerie Sultana; A fire circle for a public hearing, Chisenhale Gallery, London (2018) and Dans lâ€™Ă©ther, lĂ , ou lâ€™eau, 6th Biennale de Rennes, Galerie Art & Essai (2018). Group exhibitions and performances include: Baltic Triennial 13: Give Up the Ghost, Tallinn Art Hall (2018); Move, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Le centre ne peut tenir, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2018) ; Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Charleroi Danse, Brussels (2018); Body Ecologies, Fluent at Centro BotĂn, Santander; Repeats (figures & infrastructures) (2018), Sixty Eight Institute, Copenhagen (2018); Ten Days Six Nights, curated by Catherine Wood and Andrea Lissoni, Tate Modern, London (2017), UK Diaspora Pavilion, curated by David A. Bailey, during the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice (2017); artist-in-residence, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017). Paul Maheke is represented by Galerie Sultana.Â