Christian Nyampeta is a Rwandan- born, Dutch artist. In 2017, he had a solo exhibition Words after the World at Camden Arts Centre, London, and his work was included in TOXIC ASSETS: Frontier Imaginaries Ed.No3 at e-flux and Columbia University in New York. This year, ongoing exhibitions include Penser l’Afrique at Slought in Philadelphia, and he will contribute to the Biennial of Contemporary African Art Dak’art, Senegal. Nyampeta convenes the Nyanza Working Group of Another Roadmap School Africa Cluster.
Zach Blas is an artist and writer whose practice confronts technologies of capture, security, and control. Currently, he is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Pınar Öğrenci (b. 1973, Van/Istanbul/Berlin) is an artist and writer who uses various media in her artistic practice, including photography, video, film, performance and installation. Her works address subjects such as migration, war, forced displacement, collective movements, nationalism, cultural assimilation and urban transformation. Using the video as a tool to record her daily life practices, she draws from her personal video archive and ready-made footage.
Anne Low lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Her work circles around narratives of the desire to form and give an individual character to surfaces, objects and one’s own identity.
Dora García was born in Spain and studied in Amsterdam. As a young artist, she moved to Brussels where she lived for 16 years. She participated with the real-time theatre in public space The Beggar’s Opera in Sculpture Project Münster in 2007, where the character Charles Filch made his first appearance in her work. She has always been interested in anti-heroic and marginal personas as a prototype to study the social status of the artist, and in narratives of resistance and counterculture. In this regard, Dora García has developed works on the DDR political police, the Stasi (Rooms, Conversations, film, 24 min., 2006), on the charismatic figure of US stand up comedian Lenny Bruce (Just because everything is different it does not mean that anything has changed, Lenny Bruce in Sydney, one-time performance, Sydney Biennale, 2008) or on the origins, rhizomatic associations and consequences of antipsychiatry (Mad Marginal book series since 2010, The Deviant Majority, film, 34 min., 2010). In the last years, she has used classical TV formats to research Germany’s most recent history (Die Klau Mich Show, documenta 13, 2012), frequented Finnegans Wake reading groups (The Joycean Society, film, 53 min., 2013), created meeting points for voice hearers (The Hearing Voices Café, since 2014) and researched the crossover between performance and psychoanalysis (The Sinthome Score, 2013, and Segunda Vez, 2017).
Participants from a local context:
FastPartner / Tensta centrum
Tensta centrum was opened in 1969 during its younger days of the “million programme” and consisted mainly of different types of social services, such as employment agencies, banks, pharmacies and post offices. Today the centre is a different place entirely, with the dominating presence of fast food restaurants, gift shops, and stores selling household goods.
Paul Elias from Södertälje has had his shoemaker’s shop for 18 years. He repairs women’s and men’s shoes, dance shoes, boots, and bags. Customers can also have their keys copied and their zippers repaired, and they can buy shoe accessories and bags.
The art club: founded at Tensta konsthall through the initiative of a ten-year-old Tensta art enthusiast. The club is for children ages 9–12, and gathers once a week to try out different artistic techniques and materials, meet artists, make excursions and talk about art, always stemming from the current exhibitions. In collaboration with Kulturskolan Järva.
The womens café. Women from the Järva area meet at Tensta konsthall to work on different kinds of crafts. Through working together, a safe space is made where conversation and the exchange of experience is the focus. The craftsmanship skills that women in the group already have is amplified and reinforced by teachers from Hemslöjden and by each other. Participants also meet visiting artists from the residency. Women’s Café is an intimate venue free of constraints, costs, and commercial interests. In collaboration with the Women’s Center in Tensta- Hjulsta.
Description of the residency
As part of the EU project 4C: From Conflict to Conviviality through Creativity and Culture, Tensta konsthall starts a residency in Tensta. A two-bedroom guest apartment becomes the foundation for the artists, curators, writers and others participating in the residency program that contain both longer and shorter stays. The participants are offered a writing desk at Tensta konsthall and further work places will be provided if needed. Tensta konsthall is committed to further develop our specific ability to connect international artists with individuals and groups sharing the same concerns locally in Tensta. By the first time in Tensta konsthall’s history a residency program offering artists and writers accommodation in Tensta.
Presentation of the work by Christian Nyampeta at Tensta konsthall. Photo: Tensta konsthall
Presentation by Zach Blas at Tensta konsthall. Photo: Tensta konsthall
Installation by Anne Low at Tensta konsthall. Photo: Hanna Ukura
Anne Low introducing her work at Tensta konsthall. Photo: Tensta konsthall
Dora García present her work at Tensta konsthall. Photo: Tensta konsthall
During the residency, Anne Low, Christian Nyampeta and Zach Blas participated in a collective exhibition at Tensta konsthall called: Soon enough: Art in Action. For more information please visit here.
Christian Nyampeta also exhibited his film "Sometimes it Was Beautiful" at Tensta konsthall, please see this handout for more information.