An exhibition by four participants of the Tuning In: Other Ways Seeing Minilab 2020. Emeldah Mpilipili, Stephane Kabila-Kyowa, Isaac Kalambata and Bwanga ‘Benny Blow’ Kapumpa are part of a group of 9 participates that have worked together to develop their concepts and artworks since March 2020 under the guidance of the LoCA team and experienced practitioners. The second group will present their exhibition in February 2021. The Exhibition, titled A Glimmer of Resistance showcases new contemporary artworks by Isaac kalambata and Bwanga ‘Benny Blow’ Kapumpa, curated by Emeldah Mpilipili and Stephane Kabila-Kyowa. The exhibition will open at the National Art Gallery, Livingstone on the 4th December 2020.
Facilitators of 2020 MiniLab were Tenthaus’s Ebba Moi and Helen Eriksen.
Guest Researcher and Artist: Emma Wolukau Wanambwe.
The Mini-Lab is an intense four-week interdisciplinary workshop run by LoCA as part of their Academy program. Selected participants are invited to work together with established artists, authors, art historians, scholars, and curators, exploring practices, concepts, critical thinking, and experimentation on new ways to reflect on de-coloniality. The Mini-Lab functions like an alternative informal school of thought centred upon participatory and exchange modes of (collective) learning/teaching through intensive laboratories, in form workshops, reading/research groups, presentations and screenings. The LoCA MiniLab established in Autumn, 2019 and, it occurs twice a year, a spring semester and the autumn semester.
A Glimmer of Resistance seeks to bring attention on how we perceive and process histories and information, engaging the viewer to relook at the same forms, or listen to the same stories heard over a long time differently. In the act of relooking at histories and its processes, one raises new questions, reflects on the deeper context of the tools that may have enabled or hindered its survival. In the exhibition, the artists are engaging in the process of retrieving the silenced voices in both our history and in today’s social issues and political debate. They interrogate perceptions and short-sighted narratives that have determined the misreading of whole communities and suggest new or alterative meaning. Through this gesture the artists are enacting care and repair of our histories, which is itself an act of resistance.