the school of mutants

the school of mutants

The School of Mutants is as a collaborative platform for research, art and activism that I initiated in 2018 with Senegalese artist-filmmaker Hamedine Kane in Dakar. Our approach involves collective investigations, field work, public assemblies, archive research, writing, and film productions. It takes as a starting point the history of post-independence utopia in education in Senegal. Partially supported by the Republic of China (Taiwan), several of these radical, pan-Africanist university projects, abandoned or never-completed, are located in a rural suburb home to ongoing land struggle and environmental resistance against neoliberal urbanization plans.

The artistic process reflects on African futurism, anti-imperialist ecologies, and the legacy of Afro-Asianism, non-alignment and Southern solidarities. It has been exhibited internationally and has resulted in a three-channel video installation, a collective manifesto, an archive, and other mixed-media materials. It has also engaged a series of conversations in various contexts – workshops, discussions, assemblies, and an upcoming book.

Upcoming shows:
Centre International d’Art et du Paysage, Vassivière, 2021

Previous shows:
Lieu Unique, Nantes, 2021
Taipei Biennale, 2020
Oslo Architecture Triennale, 2019
Ruines et Futurs, Kër Thiossane, Partcours Festival, Dakar, 2019

With Hamedine Kane, Nathalie Muchamad, Olivia Anani, Lou Mo, Valérie Osouf, Boris Raux

Thanks Ker Thiossäne, Lieu Unique, Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Institut Français, Oslo Triennale, Wallonie-Bruxelles International, Africa2020, UNESCO, Taipei Biennale, Centre Socio-Culturel Sébikotane

The School of Mutants @ Lieu Unique

The School of Mutants @ Taipei Biennale

Assemblée des Futurs Africains @ Sébikotane

Ruines et Futurs @ Kër Thiossane / Partcours Festival

The School of Mutants @ Oslo Architecture Triennale