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Event 3

Synchroncity II curated by On The Roof at Tiwani Contemporary

Synchronicity II will run from 3 February 2012 - 17 March 2012 at Tiwani Contemporary.

Tiwani Contemporary presents Synchronicity II, curated by the collective On The Roof and in partnership with baudoin lebon, Paris.

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    Grace Ndiritu, To Africanize is to Civilize, Video: 2mn, 2003

Synchronicity II presents work by nine artists from Africa and its diaspora – most of whom are showing in London for the first time - which is rooted in contemporary creativity in a global context. Like the experience of synchronicity in psychoanalysis, their artistic practices capture the spirit of the moment, connected on one hand yet individual on the other. A version of facts in one place also has its principle of equivalence on the other side of the planet. In Swahili, DUNI NI MAPISHANO means 'The World is Made of Differences' invoking a situation in which translations are not only possible but respectful of difference and specificities. Synchronicity attempts to make visible these interdependencies as much as its independences, allowing for multiple readings in which limits are difficult to perceive. These issues are implicit in the work presented and rendered across a variety of media including photography, video installation, and sound.

Malala Andrialavidrazana’s Ny Any Aminay (2011) reveals people’s intimate spaces in Madagascar. James Barnor’s extraordinary photographic archives (1950’s-70’s) plunge us back to the period of post-independence in Ghana as well as to the multicultural London of the 1960’s. Martiniquian Steeve Bauras integrates his black and white photographs into a three-dimensional construction: beyond P, Chile, (2006-2009). François-Xavier Gbré manifests a formal and pictorial approach in the work Tracks (2010) which focuses on the imprint of time on architecture. In the form of parodies, Em’Kal’s photographic series Rio dos Camarões (2009) and Grace Ndiritu’s video To Africanize Is to Civilize (2003) manipulates symbols of colonial past. Kapwani Kiwanga presents Tongue, (2007) a sound piece that documents a Swahili lesson between a brother and a sister. Unkempt moments dedicated to martyrs and political commemoration steles in public spaces in Algeria are recordings with a dose of irony by Amina Menia in her installation
Chrysanthemums (2010-2011). In Ecstatics (2009-2010), Abraham Oghobase’s performative photographic series, questions the place of an individual in a metropolis like Lagos.

Synchronicity I was co-curated by Elise Atangana, Nathalie Belayche, Yves Chatap and Caroline Hancock at the galerie baudoin lebon in Paris (September - November 2011) in parallel of Photoquai Biennale.

Synchronicity II will run from 3 February 2012 - 17 March 2012 at Tiwani Contemporary. The Directors Ayo Adeyinka, Jude Cesar and Maria Varnava as well as members of the curatorial collective On the Roof, Elise Atangana, Yves Chatap and Caroline Hancock and curatorial advisor Bisi Silva invite you to join them at the opening of Synchronicity II in the presence of some of the participating artists.