Opening: Christian Nyampeta – „A Flower Garden of All Kinds of Loveliness Without Sorrow“

Christian Nyampeta, Film Still aus Sometimes It Was Beautiful, 2018.
Christian Nyampeta, Film Still aus Sometimes It Was Beautiful, 2018.

A Flower Garden of All Kinds of Loveliness Without Sorrow is the artist Christian Nyampeta’s first solo exhibition in Germany.

The title is taken from Een bloemhof van allerley lieflijkheyd sonder verdriet (1668), a dictionary compiled by Adriaan Koerbagh, a Dutch philosopher of Germanic heritage and a companion of Spinoza and circles surrounding him. Due to this writing, which intervened against the cultural injustice arising from the abuse of religious and clerical knowledge, he lived in exile and died in prison in Amsterdam.

Drawing from Koerbagh’s practice of collective annotation, narration and publishing, Nyampeta’s A Flower Garden at the GfZK consists of three components: a working period in which a scriptorium supports the English and German translation of texts from visual cultures of Rwandan expression, an exhibition with murals, projections and sculpture that focus on the colonial legacy of Germany in Rwanda, and a public program.

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