École du soir

In May 2019, Christian Nyampeta was part of our first Free School with École du soir / The Poet School, a study programme about writing and visualising intellectual histories, drawing from the lives and afterlives of the Belgian colonial empire in Rwanda, East Africa and Belgium. For The Diasporic Schools he invites a group of fellow researchers to continue this work by focusing on the complex history of Rwanda. The participants will desediment and subjectify its memories by making a timeline of their own lives and linking these sociographic events to the extended history of Rwanda, a part of which has been written in the wake of the genocide against the Tutsi in 1994 when the search for peace and reconciliation required one uniting narrative. Through overviewing works in literature, music, theatre and cinema, this iteration of École du soir locates artistic models that honour and respect this acute social need and still approach history not only as a fixed record of the past but also as a process of cultural assemblage.

Open call for participants

École du soir brings together a group of 12 participants. Participants undertake a weekly gathering, every Saturday during the month of October, between 4PM and 6PM Brussels/Kigali time. Each weekly gathering will be prepared around a theme, in the specific context and history of Rwanda, and will be taking the form of a discussion and collective writing effort with the participants, through a video-call platform. All activities of The Diasporic Schools are free of charge. École du soir is open to people, based anywhere in the world, who self-identify with the Rwandan diaspora.  

Applications to participate in the school must be received between the 20th of August and the 26th September. Participants are asked to send a short letter of motivation (max 400 words), which briefly outlines their interest in the project. Starting from them, the selection is made by the artist taking into account the heterogeneous composition of the group. An answer will arrive for September 20th. To apply, send your application to freeschool@kfda.be, with 'The Diasporic Schools' as the subject of the email and the motivation letter attached.

Artist Christian Nyampeta (born 1981) organises programmes, exhibitions, screenings, performances, pedagogical experiments and publications, conceived as hosting structures for collective feeling, cooperative thinking, and mutual action, with the support of and alongside a chorus of fellow artists, institutions, and networks. Recent activities include collective iterations of École du soir at SculptureCenter in New York, at e-flux Film & Video, and at Keleketla! Library alongside other spaces of learning and sites of knowledge production and speculation in Johannesburg. Nyampeta was awarded The Art Prize Future of Europe 2019 at the Museum of Contemporary Art GfZK in Leipzig, and the European Union Prize at the 12th Bamako Encounters—African Biennial of Photography.

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