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14.03.19—20:00    KASK lecture: Grace Ndiritu icw Tot in de Stad KASKlezingen lecture

Grace Ndiritu performs, paints, films, has a fashion label, photographs and above all works with people. In 2012, Ndiritu made the radical decision to spend time in the city only when it was needed, and otherwise live in rural, alternative and often spiritual communities, while expanding her research into nomadic lifestyles and training in esoteric studies such as shamanism, with which she began more than 16 years ago. In 2012, Ndiritu also started making a new oeuvre entitled Healing The Museum. It arose from the need to reintroduce non-rational methods such as shamanism to reactivate the 'sacrality' of art spaces. Ndiritu believes that most modern art institutions do not reflect the daily experiences of the public and the widespread socio-economic and political changes that have taken place worldwide in recent decades have further eroded the relationship between museums and their public. Museums are dying. Ndiritu sees shamanism as a way of reactivating the dying art space as a space for sharing, participation and ethics.

Her archive of more than forty 'handmade' videos; experimental photography, painting and shamanic performances are extensively exhibited. Exhibitions, performances and screenings took place in places such as Klowden Mann in Los Angeles (2016), La Ira De Dios, Buenos Aires (2014), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007), the 51st Venice Biennale (2005), Museum Modern of Art, Warsaw (2014), Musee Chasse & Nature and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013), ICA Artist Film Survey, London (2011), Artprojx at Prince Charles Cinema London (2009), MACBA, Barcelona (2014), 8th Dakar Biennale (2008).

Ndiritu's work is also included in museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Modern Art Museum, Warsaw.

In Ghent, Ndiritu is working on COVERSLUT© a fashion and economic research project launched in 2018 by Grace Ndiritu, which focuses on dealing with issues of race, gender and class politics. It incorporates Capitalist, Pay What You Can and Ethical/Environmental strategies into its economic framework. COVERSLUT© is based at Manoeuvre artists run space where she is in residency at the moment. The next COVERSLUT© event 'Cult of the Kimono' takes place on Saturday 16 March at De Koer.

Tot in de stad! is an open reflection program that focuses on the exploration of artistic practices in urban context. Tot in de stad! is a collaboration between Vooruit, de Koer, DOK Gent, manoeuvre, onderzoeksgroep Art, Space & Context LUCA Gent, KASK & CONSERVATORIUM School of Arts Gent and Pilootproject Tondelier - public art programme.

  • KASK lectures in co-operation with Tot in de stad!
  • Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent, gratis