TAM VS KITENGE
For its second virtual exhibition, Galerie Hugues Charbonneau is delighted to present a first-time collaborative project between Karen Tam and Moridja Kitenge Banza.
The Tam vs Kitenge project, which arose and took shape during the lockdown, is made up of works created jointly by the two artists who exchanged pieces to be completed in turn over the course of the 2020 spring and summer. The exhibition title and its poster are a nod to the iconic exhibition Warhol x Basquiat, shown in 1985 at Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York—an exhibition that symbolizes and concludes the production, throughout the 1980s, of collaborative works between Andy Warhol and Michael Basquiat.
Tam and Kitenge Banza take their shared interest in cultural issues of identity, transmission and racism as a point of departure. More specifically, their work is similarly marked by research and reflections about the economic relations that link North America with China or Africa, about the influence of Jesuit communities regarding religious assimilation outside of Europe, about the political implications of artefacts and antiquities (such as Chinese vases or African masks) kept in museum institutions, and about the potential of fiction, even humour, to rethink the dominant history.
Both challenge the narratives and representations of racialized immigrants by proposing other forms of visibility and spaces for them.