Kapwani Kiwanga

Art Center

Fri 3 June 2017 at 4 pm - Théâtre

A Conservator's Tale


Blending text, sound, video and object-manipulation, Kapwani Kiwanga plays a conservator-archivist delivering a lecture on the cusp between truth and fiction.

Trained in the social sciences, Kapwani Kiwanga creates protocols that serve as filters for her observation of different cultures and their ability to mutate. Bent on sabotaging hegemonic narratives, she deliberately mistreats the boundary between truth and fiction.


In her lecture-performances she constructs scientific narratives drawing on Afrofuturism, science fiction, popular fables and belief systems as a means of comparing the archival and the invisible. Here she assumes the role of a conservator-archivist giving a voice to mute objects, handling invisible objects, and passing on forgotten narratives in which obscure historical facts, strange anecdotes and mythical beasts have their place. In a fusion of readings, sound and video excerpts the artist reconsiders the implications of documentary material and classification, and the potential of oral transmission as a means for envisaging an intangible museum.

infos pratiques

duration 26 min


festival pass for Performance Day

full rate 10 €

concessions 8 €