Soraya Lutangu Bonaventure & Alfatih
19 June - 25 July 2021
Window Seat is an audio-visual installation proposed by Soraya Lutangu Bonaventure and Alfatih following a one-month residency at Fri Art Kunsthalle. Operating as a liminal space, Window Seat offers to the visitor a contemplative journey, a space of permanent becoming that dissects rituals and their articulations. The installation investigates the idea of "spiritualities in transit", of the constant negotiation between different environments, belief systems, access, and identities.
As a starting point for this unique collaboration is Hamishi Farah’s solo exhibition on the first floor of Fri Art and in particular their book Airport Love Theme, current work around religious iconography, as well as conversations with Farah on a painting lost through a web of financial and state apparatus.
18 June 2021, 9pm
Live performance by Soraya Lutangu Bonaventure and Alfatih
The opening of Window Seat on 18 June 2021 is preceded by the workshop “Critique & Care”, from 3-7pm, by Deborah-Joyce Holman.”Critique & Care” is a monthly meeting open to Black art practitioners to share ideas, work in progress or complete projects to communaly discuss and critique the presented works. Register here!
With music, performance art and film, Soraya Lutangu Bonaventure is attempting to materialise feelings dwelling between empathy, mourning and celebration. Her practice allows the creation of practical and speculative languages, while intentionally finding new ways to belong in the culture continuum of Otherness. By addressing questions of displacement and the diasporic imaginary within a decolonial context, Bonaventure builds expressive systems of repairs that value the poetic notions of Blackness, queereness, technology and spirituality.
Alfatih (b. 1995) lives and works in Switzerland and has presented interactive, installative and video works in institutions and spaces such as Swiss Institute, New York; Centre d’art contemporain, Geneva; Haus der Elektronische Kunst, Basel; Les Urbaines, Lausanne or WallRiss, Fribourg.