October 2023 Event
Never Cross The Same River Twice
Chapter 4: The Sociality of New Performance and Film
Never Cross the Same River Twice is a time-shifting survey of performances converging between video, film and installation. Initiated as a travelling research project in 2020, the fourth part of the exhibition traces the recent video practices of ten international artists selected by Kisito Assangni. The exhibition embraces expansive videographies that aim to foster new forms of transnational and collective assembly.
The selected video works act as sites of visual contestation; cinematic aesthetics with narratives that re-remember; they reclaim histories and ancestries; decolonize both the mind and the imagination. Referencing Heraclitus’ river, which conceived identity as an ever-evolving and fluctuating entity, the title of the exhibition is a call to invent new
grounds in place of entrenched environmental, political, and regulatory systems. Exploring the limits of film as activism, several of the participating works reflect what Argentine scholar, Walter D. Mignolo, termed the ‘epistemic disobedience and decolonial freedom’ needed to rebuild just and non-colonial futures.
From a ‘coming community’ to a planetary escape, the exhibition opens up uncanny
spectral exits to new geopolitical imaginaries.
Accompanied by a series of talks and live performances, Never Cross the Same River Twice aims to expand and densify the interconnected motifs weaved through the exhibition program; history, ancestry, autoethnography, spirituality, memory, colonisation, Afrofuturism, feminism, diaspora, identity, globalisation, consumerism,
Private View & Curator/artist Talk:
9th October, 6PM to 9PM
Live Performance Artist Talk:
10th October, 6PM to 9PM
10-12 New Union Square, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AX