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Resident Fellow lecture: Syowia Kyambi


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Resident Fellow lecture:
Syowia Kyambi

In her Resident Fellow lecture artist Syowia Kyambi will share about her installation and performance practice which uses multiple entry points, blurring the distinction between disciplines, exploring the grey zones between a prop and a sculpture, between theatre, dance and performance art. Often the traces and residues of an action and/or historical narrative are evident within the performative elements in her installations. Kyambi's initial references originate from autobiographical positions that interconnect with universal issues mostly related to memory, identity, and post colonialism, culture and gender norms. How the personal and the public spheres interrelate and how public decisions affect us personally, unearthing how past events manifest in our present time are forms visible in my practice.

Syowia Kyambi is an alumnus of the Art Institute of Chicago and has been the recipient of several awards and grants, including most recently the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, being shortlisted for the Financial Times Emerging Artist Award and recipient of the Art in Global Health Grant from the Wellcome Trust Fund in the United Kingdom. Her work examines how our contemporary human experience is influenced by constructed histories, creating installations that include a performative practice to narrate stories and activate objects, exploring cultural identities, linking them to issues of loss, memory, race, and gender. Her work has been shown in museums in Belgium, Finland, Kenya, Mali, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Germany, Zimbabwe, France, South Africa and the USA.


Syowia Kyambi has been invited to the Resident Fellow Programme by the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki. The programme is funded by the Saastamoinen Foundation and implemented in co-operation with HIAP.