NDIKUNG, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng
An Ongoing-Offcoming Tale. Ruminations on Art, Culture, Politics and Us/Others
An Ongoing-Offcoming Tale comprises abstractions, subversions and poetic ruminations, housed within essays that engage with the lives and practices of over 30 artists (Maria Thereza Alves, Jean-Pierre Bekolo, Aboubaker Fofana, Santu Mofokeng, Otobong Nkanga, Olu Oguibe, Robin Rhode, Lerato Shadi, Viron Erol Vert…). It opens with the question: If only some leaves could speak? And in the journey that follows, we encounter many such possibilities – that leave us asking questions of the boundaries we place around the things we are allowed to think, the knowledge we call knowledge, and the questions we permit ourselves to ask. The book is an exercise in learning to reimagine: bodies, land, knowledge, memory, song. Ndikung allows us to step into the visions and the lived forms of knowledge that inform his curatorial practice.