Talk No.4 – Conversation with Victor Mutelekesha, artist & founder of the Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre, Zambia, Africa

LuCAC contemporary Art Centre is dedicated to advancing Contemporary Art by Zambian artists and research into Zambian arts and culture.

It will be open on 06.01.2023

Part 1:

In this part of the talk with Victor, we discussed the changes that happened from his point of view about Zambian art in the past years, community collaborations, similarities and differences between European and African culture, and art and life. We talked about how is it to be located in two places between Zambia and Oslo.

00:00 – Introduction

00:52 – Art and Society

10:15 – Time of the Corona

18:15 – Sharing a moment

Part 2:

In this part of the talk with Victor, we discussed how the Lusaka art center evolved to its point as a new voice for Zambian arts and culture.

00:09 -The idea of the Art Center 

09:07 – The urban state of the city

11:17  – Lusaka Contemporary Art Center (LuCAC) 

16:52 – Plans for the Future and collaboration

25:52  – Questions from the viewers

Full conversation:

In this talk with Victor, we discussed the changes that happened from his point of view about Zambian art in the past years, community collaborations, similarities and differences between European and African culture, and art and life. We talked about how is it to be located in two places between Zambia and Oslo, and how the Lusaka art center evolved to its point as a new voice for Zambian arts and culture.

The LuCAC contemporary Art Centre is dedicated to advancing Contemporary Art by Zambian artists and research into Zambian arts and culture.

00:00 – Introduction

00:52 – Art and Society

10:15 – Time of the Corona

18:15 – Sharing a moment

23:00 – The idea of the Art Center

32:00 – The urban state of the city

34:07 – Lusaka Contemporary Art Center (LuCAC)

39:45 – Plans for the Future and collaboration

48:43 – Questions from the viewers

Victor Mutelekesha

Zambian Artist and founder of the Lusaka Contemporary Art Centre and cofounder of the Livingstone office for Contemporary Art. Victor Mutelekesha living and working between Lusaka and Oslo.

He was educated at the National Arts Academy, Oslo, Norway, and The Evelyn Hone College of Applied Arts and Commerce, Lusaka, Zambia.

Victor works with recurrent issues that influence the state of the human condition at any given time such as conflict arising from our own created divisive mechanism of identity and the unsubstantiated, unscientific prejudice towards any of those identities.

His focus is also oriented towards expanding the confines of what diaspora, hybridity, and identity itself would mean in order to dissipate the conflict.

Victor has been a subject of several local and international group and solo exhibitions since 2004 including the Dakar Biennale, Havana Biennial, OpenART international ART symposium in Sweden, NSK State Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, Stavanger Museum, Kunstnerforbundet gallery for contemporary Art, Oslo, Gallery Palazio Tito, Venice, Italy and the Akershus kunstsenter in lillestrøm Norway

He is a 2016-2017 Smithsonian Artists research fellow and a 2004 Ford Fellow.

Victor’s work has been collected by the National Museum in Oslo, Stavanger Art Museum, Fondazione de Venezia, and The Jan Groth Collection.

Photo credit: Chipepo Chansa

Lusaka Contemporary Art Center (LuCAC)

The Lusaka Contemporary Art Center was conceived to first and foremost recognize and highlight the City’s geopolitical position and the transformational role it played before, during, and after the political liberation of Zambia and of southern Africa.

To understand the nature of the City’s location that necessitated it as both destiny and passage for political and liberation movements but also as a gathering point of different peoples of the southern African region, African as a whole and from overseas, all of which have contributed to its hybrid nature, and her multi-faceted artistic expressions both documented and undocumented

The Center will investigate the seamless blending of the abovementioned histories and how they have influenced artistic knowledge and development to date but also help trace and direct its trajectory

The Center will be a place of continued decolonization by encouraging both targeted formal and informal artistic research and experimentation.

The Lusaka Contemporary Art Center comprises an art gallery, which will also function as a project space and laboratory for artist experimentations, a library which will be a space dedicated to research, analysis of old and new knowledge and documentation, and a social room which will be dedicated to formal and informal talks and recordings. Finally, the center will have two private spaces dedicated to national and international arts and culture Residents at any given time.

January 6th 2023, will be the official opening day of the Centre, and as the build-up, to that momentous day, we plan an inaugural exhibition that will last for at least two years from the opening day.

The inaugural exhibition and projects that will follow will be inspired by archival material from pre and post-independence euphoria.

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Photo credit: Phillip Shabach
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