Kaeto Sweeney



Duo show with Josèfa Njtam 
3x1m textile, clay, plastic, bricks, fruit, stage lights, microphones, camera, speakers
Hordaland kunstsenter, Bergen (NO)

Exhibition text

Hordaland kunstsenter has the pleasure of presenting Allegoria by graduate student Kaeto Sweeney and artist Josèfa Ntjam. The exhibition opens at 7 p.m. followed by a performance at 8:30 p.m.

We met whilst studying creative writing together at L’École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy two years ago. Both of us were experimenting with new ways to tell stories that could mix and layer fiction, poetry and revolutions. Our stories start from a personal perspective of identities. Stories that are not normative and constantly moving. Sometimes we get to choose words for our identities but sometimes others choose them for us.
This projection can be both violent as well as reaffirming.

Allegoria is a play on this paradox that evolves through a shared desire to question the distance between art and public and notions of us and other. This exploration leads to the imagining of an alternative present and possible futures - futuribles - regarding the representation of Queer identities and Afrofuturist perspectives within the context of visual arts.

Allegoria is a first-hand response that attempts to reinstate a language of freedom; to be vulnerable, vulgar and fluid, as an alternative to the exclusivity within academic language and references that we are increasingly using in an artistic context.

Allegoria is a playground for the reappropriation and reclamation of theory to poetic practice within performance, video and installation.

Allegoria is painted green for a parallel universe to coexist.

You can touch everything that is green. ︎

Curatorial assistance and producer: Scott Eliott
Documentation photos: HKS