The Global Art Project

Listening to the Echoes of the South Atlantic

The deep interconnectivity between music and history, and the idea that music functions as a response to history (and contemporaneity), is the underlying narrative of this exhibition. Building on the importance of music in relation to what Paul Gilroy refers to as “the Atlantic as a system of cultural exchanges”, the exhibition addresses the significance of music as a collective language of resistance and solidarity.

The videos, sound-based sculptures, installations, and performances are all connected to the entangled histories of the South Atlantic. The sonic heartbeat of the exhibition is found in socially engaged and historically conscious art practices that extend beyond the strict parameters of visual art, music, or performance.

Listening to the Echoes of the South Atlantic was conceived as part of the three-year interdisciplinary research project (2018-2020) initiated by the Goethe-Institut, Sao Paulo, Echoes of the South Atlantic.

Participating artists: Cássio Bomfim, Jeannette Ehlers, Anita Ekman, Satch Hoyt, Neo Muyanga & William Kentridge, Camille Norment, Dawit L. Petros, and Nyugen E. Smith.

A series of live performances by Cássio Bomfim, Satch Hoyt and Neo Muyanga will take place at Nordic Black Theatre, Oslo during the exhibition period.

Nyugen E. Smith will do a live performance at the opening on February 6, 2020 at Oslo Kunstforening.

With generous support from Goethe-Institut, Fritt Ord, Oslo Kunstforening and Nordic Black Theatre.