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YOAK presents senakirfa A.

In her most recent work, senakirfa A. (1999) persistently explores the intrinsic nature of remembering that is guided by nostalgia. She approaches nostalgia as a notion that signifies her diasporic-postcolonial existence. Using diverse media, she simulates situations in which she questions the essence of both recognition and estrangement.

‘Anything is Possible, even Nothing is a Possibility’ yields and depicts the longing of senakirfa A.’s, peculiarly felt Diasporic existence in the city of Amsterdam. The title continues on the thought raised by S*an (Sean) D. Henry-Smith in their thesis ‘vicissitudes’, quoting: ‘where from this beyond doom we live in, and simultaneously that from here out, anything is possible. Even nothing is a possibility.’

With senakirfa A.’s body of work, she examines the ongoing and renewed aspects that spring from Diasporic world-making, A. partly refers to this as poetics. ‘I was exposed to the gestures and the aesthetics of these poetics within the domestic walls of my childhood home. Through Anything is Possible, even Nothing is a Possibility I reproduce some of these particular ‘aesthetics’ in an installation.’

Young OSCAM Art Kitchen

OSCAM invites young artists to claim space, present their work and develop themselves as creative entrepreneurs in our newest concept: Young OSCAM Art Kitchen. This six week exhibition supports young artists in reaching a broad audience and creating lasting connections within the OSCAM network. The exhibition is produced by an OSCAM curator who supervises a Young OSCAM co-curator through the process of building an exhibition. With Young OSCAM Art Kitchen, OSCAM aims to stay in direct contact with the new generation of makers from various backgrounds and to prepare them for a professional future in the creative industry.

Curator: Noukhey Forster
Young OSCAM Curator: Sasu Aghafua
Artist: senakirfa A.
Image credits: Iriée Zamble & Jordide Vetten
Special thanks: Marian Duff, Marjorie Richards, Louisanne van Hooff, Shaquille Shaniqua Joy & Annoëlle van Hooff

8 October 2022 | November 2022