Please join us for an Artist Talk by
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Avenue
Internationally acclaimed artist, Anawana Haloba was born in Zambia in 1978 and now lives in Oslo, Norway. Haloba has also been involved in a number of international exhibitions, including the Dakar Biennale of Contemporary African Art (Dakar, Senegal, 2006), the Sharjah Biennial (2007, 2013), Manifesta 7 (2008), the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2008), and the 53rd International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, Italy, in 2009. Her work appears for the first time in the United States in the exhibition, “Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa,” currently on view at the National Museum of African Art.
In her work, Haloba explores the relationship between various populations as they collaborate and negotiate within socio-political, economic, and cultural contexts. Using primarily performance and sound-oriented video installations, Haloba examines the interaction between the historical and current narratives of communities, with particular focus on the political, social, and cultural tenor of the voices responsible for crafting them. For this talk, she will explore the history of her use of salt as a medium and discuss her current research at the Smithsonian on the influence of Franz Fanon and the role of women on independence movements in Africa and the Caribbean.