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To Mars by All Means

Year: 2018

Date: Aug 3 - 12

Category: Visual Art

Location: Oslo

Venue: Jakob Cultural Church

A video installation by Anawana Haloba. This project is shown for the first time at Jakob cultural church this summer and will take part in this year's Øya club day, August 7th.

Les mer

Year: 2018

Date: Aug 3 - 12

Category: Visual Art

Location: Oslo

Venue: Jakob Cultural Church

Produced by

  • TrAP

Collaborator August 7th

  • Øyafestivalen

Supported by

  • Arts Council Norway
  • Fond for lyd og bilde

Photo:

  • Thomas Holth

Welcome to the exhibition opening August 2 at 6 pm.

We are part of the Club Day at Øya music festival August 7. Musician Mark Axiak will give a live performance at 6 pm, and the exhibition will be open from 5-10 pm.

Anawana Haloba has gone back to the Zambia of the 1960s, a time marked by optimism and hope for a better future with the liberation of the African colonies. She wants to dig deeper into the story of Edward Mukuka Nkoloso, the eccentric science teacher who founded the Zambian space program in 1964. While the rest of the world had their eyes set on the moon, Nkoloso announced that his astronauts would be the first people on Mars. And he wanted to transform the Zambian capital, Lusaka, into a world-class metropolis of the future.

Nkoloso wanted to show the world what Africans was capable of. Was he an eccentric dreamer or simply mad? Or was the whole space program a satirical stunt intended to ridicule the megalomania of the international space race? There are plenty of theories. Above all, Nkolosos insistence on taking part in the space race revealed how only some countries had access to dream of another world.

In this installation, Haloba explores how the results of power struggles shape our society and architecture that surround us. The city of Lusaka was built by British architects using the mathematical grid of lines and squares from British city planning, without considering what was already on the ground. In a miniature model city Haloba has peeled back the grid to expose the pre-colonial landmarks that were already there, and rebuilt the city in line with the original topography beneath its current structure. The result is a layered reality, a glimpse of a future that could have been.

Anawana Haloba works mainly with video, installation, text and sound, and her work raises questions about colonialism, social and economic exploitation, psychology and positions of power. Her work has been shown at the biennials in Venice (2009), Sharjah (2007 and 2013), Manifesta (2007), Sao Paulo (2016), Shanghai (2016) and Lyon (2017). Haloba had her first solo show in Norway in 2010 at Kunstners Hus, Oslo, titled «A reflection of a several self». Haloba is educated at the Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts in Lusaka, the National Academy of Arts in Oslo and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. She lives and works in Oslo and Livingstone, Zambia.

This summer Haloba has a solo exhibition at GAMeC in Bergamo, Italy, and August 23 she opens «Conversations with stitched-up lips» at Oslo Kunstforening.

See To Mars by All Means at Jakob cultural church,
Hausmannsgate 14, Oslo. Free entrance.
Opening hours: 12-7 pm (August 7, from 5-10 pm)

Year: 2018
Category: Visual Art

Produced by

  • TrAP

Collaborator August 7th

  • Øyafestivalen

Supported by

  • Arts Council Norway
  • Fond for lyd og bilde

Photo:

  • Thomas Holth