Grace Ndiritu in Conversation with Benjamin Cook


To mark the opening of Grace Ndiritu – An Absolute River artist Grace Ndiritu was in conversation with LUX Director Benjamin Cook at LUX.

Grace Ndiritu – An Absolute River explores time with new frames of reference, and questions the relevance of previously accepted divisions between past, present and future. Grace Ndiritu (b.1982) is a British-Kenyan artist and activist, whose practice is concerned with alternative ways of living and seeing our contemporary world through spirituality and explorations of “deep time”.

Inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine writer, fictionalised in Ndiritu’s latest film Black Beauty (2021), the exhibition title reflects on his theories on the fluidity of time. This film will be screened along with Ndiritu’s earlier film A Week in the News: 7 places we think we know, 7 news stories we think we understand (2010).

The accompanying public programme will be led by artists Rieko Whitfield, Serena Huang and Dr Jason Allen-Paisant. All three will invite audiences to imagine alternative timescapes through workshops, performance and text. Each artist investigates the subjectivities of time using multiple approaches: linear/non-linear, western/non-western and human/non-human time.

Grace Ndiritu – An Absolute River runs from 11 May to 16 July 2022 at LUX


Grace Ndiritu – An Absolute River is curated by students from the MA Curating Contemporary Art Programme as part of the Graduate Projects 2022, Royal College of Art, in partnership with LUX.

Video credit: Dimitri D’ippolito

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