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Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński
Seven Scenes

2. 9. 2022, 6 pm

Film screening and artist’s talk
18. 10. 2022, 18:00

3. 9. –20. 11. 2022

Opening hours
Tue – Sun and bank holidays
10 am – 6 pm

Guided tours
German, English
Free, on request:
+43 316 81555016

Curated by
Reinhard Braun

Haunting and poetic in equal measure, the works of Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński—winner of the Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz 2021—are closely tied to the exploration and questioning of colonial history and its legacy. They convey histories from the perspective of those who have hitherto been historically silenced. Here, Kazeem-Kamiński’s strategy isn’t just about making the repressed visible, but about reconstructing subjects whose agency has been denied as a result of modernity and coloniality (Walter D. Mignolo). The works offer critical insights into the persistence of colonial perspectives and power structures, while also opening up new imaginaries grounded in the Black Radical Tradition. Kazeem-Kamiński thus invites us to dream backwards from a differently conceived future to an alternative present—one that isn’t relentlessly haunted by the ghosts of the colonial past.

For her exhibition Seven Scenes at Camera Austria, the artist has developed new works that form a space for rehearsing collective imagination, thinking, speculating, dreaming, and organizing. In the process, she sets her sights on personal or collective experiences of “release”— a dissociation and expansion in the sense of claiming space, a reprieve from forms of being made foreign. The exhibition invites us to look back and remember the things that once were celebrated, the things that once gave hope: from independence movements to pan-African solidarity.

Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, still from: Respire, 2022