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Artist Talk: Ato Malinda

Ato Malinda’s On fait ensemble (We Do Together) (video still), 2010

Ato Malinda’s On fait ensemble (We Do Together) (video still), 2010
Photograph courtesy the artist

September 9, 2015
4 p.m.
Lecture Hall, sublevel 2

Join the National Museum of African Art for Ato Malinda’s talk “Binary Origins and Binary Dissipations: African Objects and a Definition of Queerness.” A Kenyan-born multimedia artist, Malinda’s work focuses on the hybrid nature of African identity. She will discuss her artistic practice, the representation of queerness in Nairobi, Kenya, and her recent research as a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow.

Currently an artist-in-residence at the National Museum of African Art, Malinda’s video On fait ensemble (We Do Together) is on view as part of the museum’s exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists.

Free and open to the public

Burning Desire To Be Touched

On July 18th Mwangi Hutter premiered Burning Desire To Be Touched, a work commissioned by the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. This performance art piece by Mwangi Hutter, an artist collective featured in the exhibition The Divine Comedy, examines our profound desire for harmonious relationships.

It was presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Divine Comedy: Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell Revisited by Contemporary African Artists.