Project Native Informant

Dozie Kanu,

Dance with Daemons

Fondation Beyeler, Riehen

For the first time in the Fondation Beyeler’s more than 25-year history, the entire museum and its surrounding park will be transformed into the site of an experimental exhibition of contemporary art. Organised by Fondation Beyeler in partnership with LUMA Foundation, the show will bring together the work of 30 participants from different backgrounds and disciplines, including Michael Armitage, Anne Boyer, Federico Campagna, Ian Cheng, Chuquimamani-Condori and Joshua Chuquimia Crampton, Marlene Dumas, Frida Escobedo, Peter Fischli, Cyprien Gaillard with Victor Man, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Wade Guyton, Carsten Höller with Adam Haar, Pierre Huyghe, Arthur Jafa, Koo Jeong A, Dozie Kanu, Cildo Meireles, Jota Mombaça, Fujiko Nakaya, Alice Notley, Precious Okoyomon, Philippe Parreno, Rachel Rose, Tino Sehgal, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Adrián Villar Rojas.

Developed by Sam Keller, Mouna Mekouar, Isabela Mora, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Precious Okoyomon, Philippe Parreno and Tino Sehgal in close collaboration with the participants, the exhibition aspires to stimulate artistic freedom, interdisciplinary exchange and collective responsibility. The approach, as stated by Philippe Parreno and Precious Okoyomon, acknowledges ‘the complexities and uncertainties involved in bringing artists together, yet it also embraces these entanglements as integral to the creative process’. The show is envisioned as ‘a dynamic rather than static proposal, an evolving ontological project that mirrors the complexity and diversity inherent in bringing together distinct artistic voices under one umbrella’.

In the exhibition, Kanu transforms the cloakroom into a cabinet of curiosities. The lockers are converted into vitrines displaying objects. This collection, consisting of found or natural things with no clear connection to one another, resist classification and hierarchy. Each of Kanu's objects contain a combination of fact and fiction. They offer him the opportunity to tell a story or even to create a new one. Yet Kanu reminds us: 'I just can't get bogged down by the concepts too much because it's like soul spill'. 

Also within the exhibition, Kanu aimed at expanding the traditional boundaries of sculpture and creating objects that viewers and museum guards are invited to manipulate with CHAIR [xx] (Foundation Beyeler Security), 2024. The goal was to go beyond the purely optical and include tactile qualities as well. Fueled by his fascination for Franz West's chairs at the Fondation Beyeler, Kanu invites us to sit and linger on his seats, which simultaneously retain their status as elusive works of art. 

Units 1 and 3
48 Three Colts Lane
London E2 6GQ
United Kingdom

Project Native Informant will be closed for Summer Break from 27 July - 20 August 2024. 

Juliana Huxtable's solo exhibition will open 02 October 2024.

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