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Video: Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection

Video   •   05:00 March 2023

Ndiritu’s art practice explores our rapidly changing world. She sees shamanism as a means to reactivate ‘the dying art museum’: "I believe that museums are important platforms."

"We talk about decolonising museums, burning them down or throwing everything away, and starting again," says Ndiritu. "I think it's more important to find other ways to confront the past. To work with archival material, to look at our history and not pretend it didn't happen ... but to think of ways to transform it.


A SPACE FOR SLOWING DOWN

With the exhibition Grace Ndiritu Reimagines the FOMU Collection, Ndiritu has created a refuge, a space for slowing down and reflection. "I am trying to evoke a feeling, stimulate all the senses of visitors who come to the museum. I'm hoping they will take their shoes off and take some time to slow down. This show is not really for rushing. It's for coming back again and again."

NOT A CLASSIC COLLECTION EXHIBITION

The result is a radical and holistic reinterpretation of the classic collection exhibition, an original photographic universe of paintings, textiles and interior design. "I've created a place to slow down, forget your worries and to contemplate."

Ndiritu invites you to see with an open mind, make intuitive connections and abandon rational thought processes.

BIO GRACE NDIRITU

Grace Ndiritu is a British-Kenyan artist whose artworks are concerned with the transformation of our contemporary world. Her work has been featured in Artforum, Art Review, The Guardian, TIME Magazine, Elephant, BOMB, Mousse, Art Monthly, Metropolis M, Phaidon: The 21st Century Art Book, Apollo Magazine 40 under 40 list, and The Sunday Times Radio show with Mariella Frostrup. Her work is also housed in museum collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The British Council (London), LACMA (Los Angeles), Foto Museum (Antwerp), and The Modern Art Museum (Warsaw) and private collections such as the King Mohammed VI, Morocco and Walther Collection, New York and Germany. Her experimental art writing and images have been published Migros Museum, Bergen Kunsthall, Whitechapel Gallery: Documents of Contemporary Art, The Paris Review, Le Journal Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Animal Shelter Journal Semiotext(e) MIT Press, Metropolis M art magazine and Oxford University Press.

Her archive of over forty 'hand-crafted' videos; textiles, photography, performances, paintings and architectural spaces have been widely exhibited. Recently, her films Black Beauty and Becoming Plant have been selected for prestigious film festivals including 72nd Berlinale (2022) FIDMarseille (2021) and BFI London Film Festival (2022). She is a member of BAFTA and also the winner of The Jarman Award in association with Film London (2022).

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