Exhibition & Talk

Identity–This Unfinished Conversation #01 with Nadine Hounkpatin, Charlotte Yonga, Joana Choumali and Musa Okwonga


»Identity is an endless ever unfinished conversation« Stuart Hall

»Identity… This Unfinished Conversation« is a series of conversations centered on the multifaceted concept of identity. As an unfinished and changing dialogue, what is the effect of history, language and personal experiences on the formation of identity? Can identity cross genres, generations and boundaries without adhering to a single narrative? How does this bring artists to create their own interpretation of what identity is? Finally, does the concept of identity reveal cultural awareness or is it the opposite? As many questions that will feed future exchanges with artists of all kinds.

For this first session, Nadine Hounkpatin will present works from renowned and awarded photographer Joana Choumali and young artist Charlotte Yonga.

Eight portraits from Joana Choumali’s series Adorn, 2015: in this body of work, the photographer based in Ivory Coast, explores the concept of identity and the complexity of African contemporary societies.

»The Big Split« - Le Grand Ecart in french, 2010-2017, a multimedia installation from Charlotte Yonga, is the burlesque and poignant story of the Chief Innocent Nayang Toukam during his visit to France in 1991, interpreted and returned by the artist following a long interview with the main character. In this 3 partite piece, Yonga fully questions the concept of identity: how the loss of bearings and misunderstandings of a man who discovers a totally unknown world, can bring him to loose or reinforce his own identity?

Nadine Hounkpatin - co-founder of the art projects agency artness* - will host a conversation between artist Charlotte Yonga and the audience, centered on the meaning of her performative installation. We will also speak about Yonga’s practice as well as her own definition of Identity.

Series of 8 photos by artist JOANA CHOUMALI (1974),
based in Ivory Coast.

Multimedia installation - video, photo, sound - by artist CHARLOTTE YONGA (1985), based in France & Spain.

artness is an art projects agency whose mission is to convey a transcultural vision of contemporary art. artness is also a creative platform with a extensive network of art experts and professionals based in Europe, Africa and the United States.

The M.Bassy Talk, co-hosted by Musa Okwonga is part of the accompanying program to the exhibition »Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow« at the International Museum Day in the Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg

13.05.2018, 15.00-18.00

Rothenbaumchaussee 64
20148 Hamburg
Tel. 040. 42 88 79 – 0

€ 8,50 | reduced entrance € 4
entrance free up to the age of 17

Accompanying program to the exhibition Flow of Forms / Forms of Flow. Designgeschichten zwischen Afrika und Europa