Julianknxx’s performance featured in ‘Best of’ African visual arts 2023

The performance 'Black Corporeal,' which artist Julianknxx presented in the Gulbenkian Foundation Garden in May 2023, was featured in the 'Best of' African and Afro-diasporic visual arts for the year by Bantumen magazine.
10 jan 2024

‘Black Corporeal’ was honoured as one of the best performances presented in Lisbon in the ‘Visual Arts & Disciplinary Crossroads’ category by Bantumen, an online Portuguese magazine that seeks to reflect the current culture of black Lusophony.

According to the magazine, the selection criteria included ‘exhibitions and events of national and international relevance that took place in Portugal during 2023, with a preference for solo exhibitions and/or exhibitions with the participation or curatorship of women or LGBTQI artists and curators.’

The poetic and participatory performance by artist and poet Julianknxx (born Sierra Leone, 1987, living and working in London) was presented together with the Gospel Collective choir at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Open Air Amphitheatre in May 2023, to ‘develop this dialogue between the African diaspora living in England and the African diaspora living in Portugal’, as the artist shared in an interview.

Part of the Chorus in Rememory of Flight project, which took Julianknxx to seven European port cities with strong links to colonial history (Lisbon, Antwerp, Barcelona, Hamburg, Liverpool, Marseilles, and Rotterdam), collaborating with local choirs, politicians, dancers, and activists to gather performances and testimonies, this performance is part of the result of the artist’s work that culminated in a multi-channel video installation.

The installation Chorus in Rememory of Flight is on show until February 2024 at The Curve space at the Barbican Centre in London, and will be presented at CAM – Centro de Arte Moderna Gulbenkian in 2025. 

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