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Faustin Linyekula
ECOGRAM III: AFRICA
Cultural Ecology

Monday, September 20, 2010
6:30pm

Panelists
Faustin Linyekula, Mamadou Diouf, and Okwui Enwezor

Avery Hall, Columbia University
Co-presented with Columbia University, Graduate School
of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

   
 
 

Crossing the Line is pleased to present this wonderful event with Faustin Linyekula, internationally renowned dancer and founder of Studios Kabako, a space for contemporary dance serving his native Democratic Republic of the Congo.

As part of Columbia’s ECOGRAM series exploring the question of sustainability, Linyekula will appear on a panel with scholars and architects discussing the role of the artist in driving social change. The panel will also include noted author, poet, and curator Okwui Enwezor, and is designed to increase awareness of contemporary culture in Africa and open up the question of how art and culture can act as catalysts for sustainable development.

The ECOGRAM series aims to expand the ways in which we think about sustainability beyond the "greening" of buildings, toward a more complex exploration of cities, social and economic sustainability, and the role of art and culture in raising awareness of issues surrounding sustainability.

Faustin Linyekula Bio
Dancer and choreographer, Faustin Linyekula lives and works in Kisangani, North-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo, former Zaire, former Belgian Congo, former independent state of Congo.... Faustin teaches in Africa, Europe (Cork, Parts / Brussels, CNDC / Angers, Lisbon, Impulstanz / Vienna), and in the United States.

    • Following literature and theater studies in Kisangani, he settled in Nairobi in 1993 and collaborated with mime artist Opiyo Okach and dancer Afrah Tenambergen, co-founding in 1997 the first contemporary dance company in Kenya, the Gàara company. Their first piece, Cleansing, received an award at the Rencontres chorégraphiques africaines de Luanda in 1998. Faustin worked then as a choreographer, performer, and dance teacher between South Africa, Reunion Island, and Europe. He was offered residencies by Régine Chopinot in La Rochelle (France), Mathilde Monnier in Montpellier (France), and the Tanzwochen Festival in Wien (Austria) where he created with South-African dancer Gregory Maqoma Tales off the Mud Wall (2000). Back in Kinshasa since June 2001, he has developed there a company dedicated to dance and visual theater, providing training programs, as well as supporting research and creation: the Studios Kabako. Memory, forgetting, and the suppression of memory—in his works, Faustin addresses the legacy of decades of war, terror, fear and the collapse of the economy for himself, his family, and his friends. With the Studio, Faustin has presented seven pieces: Spectacularly empty (2001), Triptyque sans titre (2002), Spectacularly empty II, a revival for the black box of the 2001 piece, Radio Okapi (2004), a performance space including guests and live radio. Based on Congo’s recent history, Le Festival des mensonges (Festival of Lies, 2005-06) is performed in two versions: a 2-hour version and an all-night-long version from 11pm to 6am. The Dialogue Series: iii. Dinozord (2007) tells the story of a return to the native country: what happened to the city after several years of war? After several years away, where are the friends who dreamed once to change African literature and theater? Festival of Lies and The Dialogue Series: iii. Dinozord were both performed in Avignon as part of the 2007 Avignon Festival. In 2007–08, Faustin worked on the staging of La Fratrie errante, a text by Marie-Louise Bibish Mumbu. In 2009, Faustin presented his own version of Jean Racine’s Bérénice commissioned by the Comédie Française / Paris in Spring 09, as well as a Studio Kabako’s creation, more more more… future, around ndombolo, the Congolese pop music (premiere in Brussels in May as part of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts). In 2009, he was also part of Sans-titre, a duet by and with Raimund Hoghe. In 2006–07, he was part of a think tank with other African artists and intellectuals around the creation of an arts center near Cape Town. In December 2007, he received the Principal Award of the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development. Since 2006, Studio Kabako’s activities have moved to Kisangani and Faustin is now working on the development of a series of neighborhood cultural centers around performing arts and image in the city.

Mamadou Diouf Bio
Professor of History, Director of Institute for African Studies,
Member of Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University

    • Mamadou Diouf is a Professor of History and Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC). He leads Columbia University’s Institute for African Studies at the School of International and Public Affairs. Diouf is also a faculty member in Columbia's Departments of Educated principally in France, Diouf is a renowned West African scholar who has taught in his native Senegal at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar and guest-lectured at many European and American universities. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (France). His research interests include urban, political, social and intellectual history in colonial and postcolonial Africa. His most recent book is Histoire du Senegal: Le Modele Isalamo-Wolof Et Ses Peripheries (2001). He is the author, editor and co-author of several other works including Les Figures du Politique En Afrique, Des Pouvoirs Herites aux Pouvoirs Elus (1999) and Les Jeunes, Hantise de L'Espace Public dans Les Societes du Sud, (Autrepart, 18, 2001). He is also a member of the editorial board of several professional journals including the Journal of African History.

Okwui Enwezor Bio
Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian-born American art critic and curator.

    • Enwezor was artistic director of the Documenta11 exhibition in Germany (1998–2002) and the 7th Gwang-ju Biennale in South Korea (2008). He has curated numerous exhibitions in some of the most distinguished museums around the world, including Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, International Center of Photography; The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945–1994, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, P.S.1 and Museum of Modern Art, New York; Century City, Tate Modern, London, and others. His writings have appeared in numerous journals, catalogues, books, and magazines including: Third Text, Documents, Texte zur Kunst, Grand Street, Parkett, Artforum, Frieze, Art Journal, and others. Among his books are  "Reading the Contemporary: African Art, from Theory to the Marketplace" (MIT Press), and "Mega Exhibitions: Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form" (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich). He is also the editor of a four-volume publication of Documenta 11 Platforms: Democracy Unrealized; Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and the Processes of Truth and Reconciliation; Creolité and Creolization; Under Siege: Four African Cities, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos" (Hatje Cantz, Verlag, Stuttgart).
 

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Wood Auditorium
Avery Hall
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