Anawana Haloba

Portrait

Born in 1978 in Livingstone (Zambia), lives and works in Oslo (Norway)

Anawana Haloba’s artistic practice is based on permanent research into contemporary history, culture and ideologies. Her sound, video and installation performances often arise out of poetic texts that she has previously written. They set out to confront the viewer with subjects such as human trafficking, self-identity, or repressive systems in the neo-colonial structures that still govern most contemporary societies. In this way, Anawana Haloba plays on the positive connotation of the word “foreigner” in Swahili, where it implies, not an uncultured new arrival but a traveller – someone who has learned much, and has much to give. For the Biennale, the artist presents Likuta za mazwahule / Legkotha ("court of justice directed by a man from far away"), a performative sound installation. The artist has designed a set in which the visitor is invited to enter a tunnel, at the end of which, in the centre of an arc-shaped room, there is a bronze musical instrument for the visitor to pick up.

 

With backing from the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and the Royal Embassy of Norway

 

OCA

Ambassade Niva2 Fransk

 

 

 

©2013 Erlend Mikael Sæverud

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