Artist Christian Nyampeta reveals the books that have influenced him
This is a brief reflection on some of the books that have had an impact on my thinking. Some I am reading for the first time; others I am revisiting or planning to read.
In 2012, I began working on a translation of Comment vivre ensemble (How to Live Together), a series of lectures delivered by Roland Barthes at the Collège de France in 1977. But, shortly after I declared my intention to do so, Columbia University Press published a translation by Kate Briggs – How To Live Together: Novelistic Simulations of Some Everyday Spaces – so I started doing something else. That something else, though, includes an ongoing exploration of what constitutes a ‘living space’. I am also very interested in ideas around the ‘hereafter’.
All Rwandan Novelists
Ali A. Mazrui
The Trial of Christopher Okigbo (1971)
Christian Nyampeta is a Rwandan-born Dutch artist. In 2017, he had a solo show, ‘Words after the World’, at Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, and his work was included in ‘Space Force Construction’ at the V-A-C Foundation, Venice, Italy. This year, his work will be included in Dak’Art Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Senegal, which runs from 3 May until 2 June, and ‘Soon Enough: Art in Action’, which opens at Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, on 6 February. Nyampeta also convenes the Nyanza Working Group of Another Roadmap School Africa Cluster, runs the online (and occasionally inhabitable) radio station Radius, and is a research student at the Department of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London.
First published in Issue 192