Kunstmuseum Gegenwart, St. Alban-Rheinweg 60, 4052 Basel
Performing In Public Space In Times of Identity Claims and Political Resistances
Michèle Magema is a Congolese-French video, performance, and photography artist. She was born in Kinshasa Démocratic Répu- blic of Congo in 1977. She emigrated to Paris, France in 1984, where she currently resides. In 2002 she received her MA in fine arts from
l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Cergy. In addition to being a resident artist at Cité Internationale des Arts, she has participated in the Africa Remix Exhibition at Centre Pompidou. Her work has been exhibited in the Global Feminisms exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum, and Sculpture Garden.
One of her most well-known works is Oyé Oyé, (2004) a two-channel video installation, in which a woman (Magema) is shown marching in place on the left, juxtaposed on the right with historic footage of Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko overseeing parades of Congolese cultural pride. A key focus, for her, is articulating a permanent exchange between individual stories, collective memory and history.
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