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The four artists who will occupy the four mirrored “imaginary rooms” within the location of the “Fabbrica del Vedere” – already a syncretic place of encounter between stories, arts, people, and cultures – will interpret, through their particular sensibilities, the themes of travel, encounter, re-definition of the self, and comprehensive mediation.

Haji Chilonga, Lutengano (Lute) Mwakisopile, Happy Robert and Naby.

The four rooms, in constant dialogic exchange, will share the space traversed by the viewer to visit them. Based on the stimuli evoked by the artworks, the viewer can autonomously decide the path of their visit, which unfolds over a few square meters. This is because the narrative and message do not require much physical space to fully express themselves, containing within them boundless territories in the intimate spiritual realms of each individual.

In the first room, the first two chambers will be compared: Lutengano Mwakisopile (Lute) and Happy Robert. They represent two stories and two periods of the 20th century that speak to us about growth, encounters with strangers, and the beginning of the journey. On one side (Lutengano), we find a “western migration” of conquest, where the wealthy migrate to the lands of people in need to exploit their material goods. On the other side (Happy), we find a migration “towards the West” of abandonment, where the needy migrate to the lands of the wealthy, hoping to partake in the prosperity they cannot find in their land.

In the second room, the two chambers of Haji Chilonga and Naby will be compared. The stories told in these rooms reflect Chilonga’s work, which focuses on the contemporary aspects of Tanzania and depicts a new man.

Multifaceted and searching for social and cultural emancipation are yet to be achieved despite the political and technological progress of the second half of the last century and the first two decades of the current. It portrays a nuanced dimension. On the other hand, Naby’s work does not necessarily project into the future; rather, it is oriented towards a constant, reiterated present folded within a social cage permeating contemporary society. This society is highly stratified and classifiable, where contamination, migration/escape, and the pursuit of change are ineffective in improving the psycho-physical and economic well-being of the individual. They are destined to experience a loop of inherently frustrated expectations.

For more infromation, please visit the Tanzania Pavilion.

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