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Kapwani Kiwanga
Mozambique (flowers for Africa), 2014

“I love the sobriety of this little bouquet of flowers which nevertheless carries with it the story of a tormented story … A story of peace, war and imperialism, the fractures of which are still vivid. This floral composition by Kapwani Kiwanga brings together the history of African decolonization and attempts to reactivate it.”

Texts extracted from the exhibition catalog “Collecting in the 21st century, From their time (6)” – Quotes from the collector G. Nallet

Kapwani Kiwanga, Mozambique (flowers for Africa), 2014
Collection G. Nallet © Adagp, Paris, 2019

“In this case, that of the negotiating table for the Lusaka agreements in 1974 between the Mozambique Liberation Front (FRELIMO) and the Portuguese government, leading to the country’s independence. In the photo, in the center of the table: a modest bouquet of flowers. […] These flowers, witnesses of the subjectively remembered history, will once again perish, wither away … Small and big history replay, memory and erasure clash …”

Texts extracted from the exhibition catalog “Collecting in the 21st century, From their time (6)” – Quotes from the collector G. Nallet

Kapwani Kiwanga, Mozambique (flowers for Africa), 2014
Collection G. Nallet © Adagp, Paris, 2019

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