Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora

6 April to 13 August 2023

Taking the stories and histories of the Indian Ocean as its departure point, the group exhibition Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora brings together several contemporary artists, musicians, writers and thinkers to investigate, unpack and shed light on some of the smaller and bigger historical, cultural and linguistic links between the continents of Africa and Asia.

A square picture with an abstract, multicoloured pattern on a beige background

Jennifer Tee, Tampan Sessile Beings, Sacred Shrine, 2022

courtesy: the artist and Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam

The Indian Ocean has been considered the oldest continuum in human history. The multi-chapter exhibition thus approaches this ocean as a communal horizon from which to read Afrasian (that is, belonging to both Africa and Asia) histories of forced and unforced movement through cultural affiliation, mercantile encounter and colonial empire. The exhibition features works by Kelani Abass, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Shiraz Bayjoo, Rossella Biscotti, M’barek Bouhchichi, Nikhil Chopra, Tishani Doshi, Köken Ergun, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Clara Jo, Jasmine Nilani Joseph, Jeewi Lee, Lavanya Mani, Oscar Murillo, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Dominic Sansoni, Jennifer Tee, Jack Beng-Thi, Abdourahman Waberi, Sim Chi Yin, Kudzanai Violet-Hwami and Belinda Zhawi among others.

Curated by Natasha Ginwala, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung with Michelangelo Corsaro
In partnership with SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin; Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town; VASL Artists’ Association, Karachi; and BLAK C.O.R.E. (Care of Radical Energy) at the University of Melbourne