Josèfa Ntjam in First Solo U.S. Museum Exhibition at Fotografiska New York in February




Josèfa Ntjam, Copie de The Deep n2 120 x 160. Image courtesy Fotografiska New York

Fotografiska New York announced that it will present the first institutional solo show in the U.S. by French multimedia artist Josèfa Ntjam on February 2, 2024.

The show, titled Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s), will feature a selection of new works, including biomorphic sculptures, photomontages printed on plexiglass and aluminum.

The show also presents the U.S. debut of Matter Gone Wild an immersive video installation that bends perceptions of space, time, historical narrative and cultural identity as it pushes the limitsof moving-image technology. Directed by Ntjam in collaboration with Sean Hart and Nicolas Pirus, Matter Gone Wild follows the stories of extraterrestrials revolting against systems of oppression through collective struggle, offering a broader reflection on present-day political realities.

Josèfa Ntjam, CEREMONY RIGHT-1. Image courtesy Fotografiska New York.

Throughout her collages, narratives and references, Ntjam blends memory with historical fact, the incorporation of personal and family archives, and speculative fiction (from Battlestar Galactica to the novels of Octavia E. Butler) to produce new interpretations of radical liberation movements around the world, from the battle against white supremacy led by the Black Panther Party in the U.S., to the fights in Cameroon and Nigeria against colonial power.

The exhibition plunges visitors into an immersive and alternative ecosystem that suggests how disparate movements are intertwined through a global demand for liberation. Powered by mythologies from across the African continent and the limitless horizons of science fiction, Ntjam’s work imagines new possibilities for the future with a nod to the past.

“Josèfa Ntjam’s work combines disciplines, ideas and images in ways that were previously unimaginable,” said Jessica Jarl, Global Director of Exhibitions at Fotografiska. “It is a rare privilege to be able to debut such extraordinary work so early in an artist’s career.”

Josèfa Ntjam (b. 1992, Metz, France) is best known for her work that blends science fiction, history, and fantasy to present alternative narratives of African diasporic experiences. Across multiple mediums, her practice deconstructs mainstream discourses on origin, identity, and race. The artist, who earned a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, has been featured in exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

Programming highlights for this exhibition include:

Thursday, February 1 ~ Opening Night ~ Fotografiska members are invited to celebrate opening night with a performance by Sun Ra Arkestra, the renowned experimental Jazz group alongside the artist. Further information about programming can be found here.

Josèfa Ntjam ‘Futuristic Ancestry: Warping Matter and Space-time(s)’ will be on view from February 2, 2024 through May 2024. Fotografiska New York is located at 281 Park Avenue South, NYC.