Fetissoes by Kialy Tihngang
Event, Exhibitions, Free, In Person
Friday 6th October – Sunday 26th November 2023
God's House Tower, Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2NY
‘a space’ arts presents Fetissoes; a major new commission by Glasgow-based multidisciplinary artist Kialy Tihngang.
Fetissoes is a new body of work by Kialy Tihngang, commissioned by ‘a space’ arts in partnership with Black History Month South and exhibiting at ‘a space’ arts’ headline venue, God’s House Tower, a 700-year-old ancient monument in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town.
For this commission, Kialy speculates that a group of enslaved African people jumped overboard their captors ship into the ocean and combined European maritime technology (the master’s tools) with fetishes (African religious objects with magical powers) to create tools to safely return home underwater. These tools take the form of six wearable sculptures, displayed in the Main Gallery space.
An accompanying video showing the artefacts in action will be exhibited in the Barker Mill Project Space.
About the Artist
Kialy Tihngang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Glasgow. As a British-born Cameroonian, Kialy’s research-based practice focuses on colonial European misrepresentation, extraction, and demonisation of West African cultural practices, but also on her own misremembering, misreading, and romanticisation of said practices. Primarily, she designs artefacts from reimagined histories and speculated futures.
More information about the inspirations and influences behind Fetissoes which includes an interview between Kialy Tihngang and our Curator and Programme Manager Mia Delve, as well as an expanded exhibition text and an audio guide of the exhibition can be found below.
Click here to read an expanded version of the Exhibition Text written by artist Kialy Tihngang.
Click here to read a Glossary of Terms which are used in and throughout the exhibition.
Click here to find a complete audio version of the Exhibition Text.
Click here to find a complete audio description of the Exhibition
Click here to listen to the influences and inspirations behind the Exhibition Fetissoes from the artist Kialy Tihngang herself.
The exhibition will run from 6th October 2023 to 26th November 2023 at God’s House Tower.
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