Taxidermy of the Future

Taxidermy of the Future is a project that brings together works by artists from Angola and its diaspora, whose practices investigate the Past and its different temporalities, to reflect on the Future.

The works presented have in common the dissecting of ghosts persisting in both European and African societies from the Greco-Latin myths to the colonial period. From Kiluanji Kia Henda’s “Havemos de Voltar” that explores the memory as a mere illusion, to Grada Kilomba’s Illusions what dives into the founding myths of Europe to discuss the ramifications of colonialism and patriarchy. The Project also has its foundation an exchange of references between the two curatos and the artists whose work has been essential in their research.

Taxidermy of the Future was first shown as a film program at the 6ª Lubumbashi Biennial and then expanded into an exhibition shown at the Natural History Museum.

Year: 2019-2020
Artists: Alida Rodrigues, Keyezua,  Monica de Miranda, Helena Uambembe, Grada Kilomba, Teresa Kutala Firmino, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Januário Jano

Co-curated with Bruno Leitão

Commissioned and produced by FAS – For Arts Sake

VI Lubumbashi Biennial, RDC

Natural History Museum, Luanda