Lavinia Wouters

As part of the Contour Biennale 9, Nyampeta presents a combination of individual works that deal with two former Belgian colonies, the Congo and Rwanda. A Flower Garden of All Kinds of Loveliness Without Sorrow (Contour 9) is a presentation the artist will conduct, in which members of the public are invited to engage with texts and other works that have been prepared for the event.

The aim of the presentation is to write, listen to and comment on poems, music, videos and texts from modern and contemporary Rwandan visual cultures. During the months preceding the second phase of the biennial, the artist invited guests to translate Francophone texts of African expression into English. In the selection of works, the group focussed especially on short texts, songs and films from or related to modern and contemporary Rwandan thought and life practices. His 3 guests are the composer Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, film maker Amelia Umuhire and artist Laura Nsengiyumva.

The title is borrowed from the encyclopaedic text Een bloemhof van allerley lieflijkheyd sonder verdriet (1668) by the Dutch philosopher Adriaan Koerbagh, a companion of Spinoza and his circle. Due to his controversial writing, which denounced the cultural injustice resulting from the distortion of religious and clerical meanings, he lived in exile and died in prison in Amsterdam.


Co-produced by Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, Perdu, Amsterdam, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig and with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund.

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