An evening with philosopher Isaïe Nzeyimana, in dialogue with anthropologist Natacha Nsabimana and artist Christian Nyampeta

On Wednesday, October 23, 6:30pm, e-flux presented an evening with philosopher Isaïe Nzeyimana, in dialogue with anthropologist Natacha Nsabimana and artist Christian Nyampeta.

Considered from the global conditions that marked the last twenty-five years in the Great Lakes of East Africa, philosopher Isaïe Nzeyimana contends that only those who have something in common can engage in conflict. In this sense, even among the most antagonistic forces, this thought inaugurates a relation of inclusive disjunction. Such conjunctive relationships put pressure and perhaps even outdate notions of the Other and its corollary, Identity.

In this colloquium Nzeyimana outlines his major preoccupations in history, economy, and education, as he attempts to think “Africa” at once in its geographic unity and in its historical contradictions. His seminar will be followed by insights drawn from his reflections on the pedagogical models he has practiced: the now-closed Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts—a BA-level institution with programs in translation, graphic design, architecture and environmental studies in Huye, a semi-rural city in Rwanda; and École Doctorale, a mobile school that offers doctoral programs borne of cooperations between industries and universities, and whose low-resident candidates are each placed in two universities located in various regions of the African continent and beyond.

Nzeyimana’s presentation will be followed by reflections from Chicago-based Anthropologist Natacha Nsabimana, drawing from her studies of the everyday aftermath of violence, examining how such violence occupies the spatial memory of the landscape and the kinds of individual and societal narratives such memory allows and disavows.

The colloquium ends with a panel discussion moderated by New York-based artist Christian Nyampeta. Nzeyimana’s thought is global in scope: How to understand life in its unity, in its essential indivisible propriety? How to build a memory of present-day limits of living, one and indivisible? How to layer the memories that are sometimes contradictory, even though they are all true? How to reconcile the singular national and official memory with the multiple individual and collective memories? The colloquium hopes to contribute to the question of how to live together in the history of the present.

This colloquium is in conjunction with École du soir (The Evening Academy), Christian Nyampeta’s exhibition at SculptureCenter, on view through Dec 16.

École du soir (The Evening Academy) is made possible with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund, the public cultural funding organization focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage. Additional support is provided as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York. Lead underwriting support of SculptureCenter’s Exhibition Fund has been generously provided by the Kraus Family Foundation with additional support by Toby Devan Lewis.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

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