28.03.2024 — 02.06.2024
Opening 27th March 2024
28th March – 2nd June 2024
In her debut UK solo exhibition Capital, Senegalese-American artist Coumba Samba presents a newly-commissioned performance-installation FIFA, a collaboration with the acclaimed École Des Sables (Dakar, Senegal) dance company, and sound design by Gretchen Lawrence. Samba's exploration of objects and ideologies circulating between the West and West Africa centres the football association FIFA: a locus for symbolic power desires that drive flows of capital globally; another dream sold to West African youth. A feedback loop of defined futures, economic suppression, worship, exoticism, and the event of hope.
The public programme of Capital will entail a one-day event that invites artists, professionals and academics from different fields to lecture on the African diaspora, hosted by Coumba Samba alongside Galerina (Niina Ulfsak and Mischa Lustin).
Curators Milika Muritu, Adomas Narkevičius
Senegalese-American artist Coumba Samba was born in 2000 in Harlem, New York City. In 2023 she presented solo exhibitions This is Money, Drei, Cologne; and Couture, Galerina, London. Recent group presentations include 118 1/2, Emalin; World as diagram, work as dance, Emalin, London; Ways of Living #3, Arcadia Missa, London; and Slow Dance (3), Stadtgalerie, Bern. Recent performances as NEW YORK have been held at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2023); UCLA Broad Art Center, Los Angeles, US (2023); and The Lewben Art Foundation, Vilnius, LT (2023).
École des Sables is an International Centre for Traditional and Contemporary African dances based in Toubab Dialaw, Senegal. Founded in 1998 by Germaine Acogny, considered as the Mother of Contemporary African Dance, and her husband Helmut Vogt, the school is dedicated to professional training for young dancers and choreographers of African origin.
Alesandra Seutin is École des Sables’ newest Artistic Director. International performer, choreographer and teacher, Alesandra Seutin was born in Harare, Zimbabwe. She grew up in Brussels and now lives between London and Brussels. She has a degree in theatre-dance from Trinity Laban Conservatory and in choreography and performance from Middlesex University in London. Having trained at the École des Sables under Germaine Acogny, she has become an ambassador for Acogny's technique, teaching it at the École des Sables and internationally.
Gretchen Lawrence is an Estonian performance and audio-visual artist working with found objects, flicker animation and digital media.
Generously supported by British Council Biennials Connect, Embassy of Estonia in London, Alvaro Barrington Studio, Patrick Collins and Aracadia Missa