Combining academic research with the production of art, the exhibition FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time aims to examine and instigate discourse around the acknowledgement of a past and its importance in shaping visions of the future. Simultaneously the exhibition questions the typical academic knowledge production and opens the views and discussions through the inclusion of art into different approaches of understanding, imagining and participating in visions of futures.
Parts of the original exhibition conceptualised and initiated at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies and the Iwalewahaus at the University of Bayreuth will be shown among works of local artists. In collaboration with the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, which will host the exhibition from the opening on 29th of March until the 23rd of April and the Goe- the-Zentrum Harare, several artworks where chosen, representing a set of keywords. The keywords intervening and longing/ desiring deriving from the curatorial process were identified as ‚modes of futuring.
The exhibition in Harare includes contributions by Katharina Fink, Susanne Gerhard, Constantin Katsakioris, Shalom Kufakwatenzi, Oscar Lwalwe, kara lynch, Lillian Magodi, Georgina Maxim, Tumi Mogorosi, Kupakwashe Mtata, Webster Mubayirenyi, Sam Mukavaza, Peggy Piesche, Luís Carlos Patraquim, Nadine Siegert, and The Strategical Radicals.
The exhibition will be surrounded by several activations and events, starting with two performative interventions at the opening by Tumi Mogoro- si, kara lynch and Peggy Piesche. The curator Susanne Gerhard will guide through the exhibition on the 30th of March, followed by a conversation with academics and artists about layered temporalities in the artwork of Tumi Mogorosi. On the 31st, curator Nadine Siegert will map socialist (past) futures in the artwork Socialist Dreamscapes, followed by a educators‘ event organized by Katharina Fink between participants of the exhibition and students from the National Gallery on the topic “Futures from the past”.