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Mar 24 | 2:30 PM



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Artist Talk: Liona Nyariri


On Sunday, March 24 starting at 2:30 PM, 2018 Real Art Awards recipient Liona Nyariri will present a performative lecture about her work and research into the Pidgin and its phenomena.

Under the rubric of Pfimbi Yemashoko (“the place where the words are kept”), artist Liona Nyariri creates happenings, installations, and objects centered around the Pidgin, an alternative mythology from Southern Africa. This performative lecture invokes her collective’s research into the alphabet of this character and the pidgin language she created. A pidgin language is a shared hybrid language, created when multiple indigenous languages collide due to colonization, migration, and other means.

Says Visual Arts Coordinator Neil Daigle Orians, “I have been continually fascinated during my conversations with Liona. Her work is an experiential dive into her thought process in creating the collective, characters, alphabet, and lore behind the Pidgin. Her performance will blur the lines between scholarship and art, allowing for a new narrative to come forward.”

This lecture is just as much for the audience as it is for Nyariri, who is in the formative stages of her career as an artist and taking on this massively ambitious project.

About the Artist
Liona R. Nyariri (b. 1991) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her MFA in Fine Art from Parsons The New School of Design and completed her Whitney Independent Study Program fellowship in 2017.

Her work has been presented at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, AC Institute, Participant Inc., Long Island City Art Fair, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town Month of Photography, Young Blood Gallery, AVA Gallery and others. Nyariri is the recipient of the ABSA Art and Life award as well as a top finalist for the Sasol New Signatures Award.

Nyariri has completed a residency with Artist Alliance Inc., New York and is currently completing a fellowship in Germany at the Hochschule Für Bidende Künste Braunschweig, funded by the state of Lower Saxony (BS Projects scholarship 2018/19).

The 2018 Real Art Awards is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

National Endowment for the Arts

Additional Info

2:30 - 4 PM
Free Admission
Light refreshments will be served