KITOKO DIVA 


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If you find earth boring… (Washington DC, USA  2024)

Video excerpt screening
Washington Metro Transit stations (DC)

Exhibition locations in Washington DC from February 23rd to March 30th 2024 :
  
Farragut North  Station
NoMa-Gallaudet U  Station
Gallery Place - Chinatown  Station
L’Enfant Plaza  Station
Rosslyn  Station
Metro Center Station

An echo to Sun Ra’s call to action for the ‘Outerspace Employment Agency’ featured in 'Space is the place’ (1974).

This commissioned piece will be part of the Art in Transit Exhibition exploring the concept of the expansiveness of Black creativity through the lens of technology. Taking place in metro stations across the Nation’s capital, the exhibition investigates how our ability to innovate continues to expand our imagination, reconstruct our environment and build new social connections.

In partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, CulturalDC, Good Black Art and curated by Jamal Gray and Phillip Collins.

Director. Kitoko Diva & Shane Williamson
Assistant Director. Yasin Abdul-Musawwir
Cinematography. Kitoko Diva
Camera Operations. Kitoko Diva & Shane Williamson

Casting
Ricky Cue
Freedom Das
Jahsonic
Selena Makell
Yasiin Abdul-Musawwir
Zion Murphy
Zelilah

Special thanks to Jamal Gray & the Torrent Media Collective.

CENTRE  POMPIDOU (Paris, France - 14 Avril 2023)

“Code Switch” screening at Centre Pompidou 

Cinema 2, niveau -1

winners Si Cinema 2023

www.centrepompidou.fr/fr/programme/agenda/evenement/lfgIrkJ










2022 Fulbright grantee
2022 Hexagram grantee



Guggenheim Museum (New York City, USA)

[I come to you as the myth] will be exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum as a personal invitation from the artist Christian Nyampeta to present a selection of video artworks as part of his exhibition Sometimes it was beautiful  from April 30th to June 21st 2021.



More informations here : https://www.guggenheim.org/christian-nyampeta-sometimes-it-was-beautiful



Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 2021





City Salts (Basel Switzerland)

We are pleased to announce that [I come to you as the myth] will be presented from the 30 April until June 2021 in Basel (Swizerland) at Salts Gallery w/ the Boda Boda Lounge project. 

Save the date Basel screening and exhibition, at SALTS, 30 april – 6 june 2021. The presentation will take place in Basel in collaboration with the Swiss independent space SALTS. The program includes an open-air screening on 30 April and an indoor loop installation until 6 June 2021.

Read more: http://www.salts.ch/#/en/exhibition/city-salts-boda-boda-lounge




Video Art Festival Turku (Finland)

OUTDOOR SCREENING: STRAIGHT THROUGH THE WALL

On Thursday 5.11.20 ◷ 8pm-10pm @ Turku Main Library exterior





#October 02.2020
(New York City, NY, USA)




On  Ancient Earth


#September 24.2020

(Alice Springs, Australia)


The Artist Expedition Society and Lumen have come together to present On Ancient Earth, an exhibition of artworks paying homage to the relationships we have with what lies beyond the outer edges of our Earth’s atmosphere.

The exhibition will take place outdoors at night in Central Australia on Arrernte country as a part of The Desert Festival, on the unique venue, The Earth Sanctuary, sitting on 100 acres of bushland, and specialises in sustainable astronomy tours.




"On Ancient Earth" seminar on the 30th of September

8am Brazil time, 12 midday UK time and 8.30pm Australia time

Exhibition Black South

Exhibition credits
Curated by Kitoko Diva
Exhibition Design by Yinka Danmole
Artists on display Lilly, Kitoko Diva
Music brought by Ony, Kitoko Diva
Specials thanks to Pempeople


[Black South] brings together 70 photograph and video footages taken in the state of Louisiana.  Mainly focused on the city of New Orleans and the Mardi Gras Indians, the exhibition uses the legacy of the afro-american southern culture to open a dialogue on forced mass movements and identity construction.








SCREENING ‘RUBBER’ (Washington, DC - May 2024)

Rubber
directed by Ariana Lorelei
cinematography by Kitoko Diva

Screening May 7th
Wooly Mammoth Theatre
641 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

7pm



MUSEUM QUAI BRANLY  (Paris, France - November 2022)


“Memoria 2020” screening, November 25th in Paris, France at the museum Quai Branly for the exhibition "Black Indians" , preceded by a dj set from Kitoko Diva blending jazz,hip hop, zydeco and nola bounce. The event start at 7PM, dj set and screening from 10.30PM.




SAT FEST 2022 (Montreal, Canada)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Satosphere, its iconic 360-degree immersive dome, the Society for Arts and Technology is reinventing the SAT Fest to offer a new formula with an enhanced program.

During this unique edition of the SAT Fest, more than 40 immersive short films selected through an international open call for projects will be presented in the Satosphere. On this occqsion, Kitoko Diva  will be joining the event to talk about her work.




BLACKSTAR FESTIVAL
(Philadelphia, PA — July 16, 2020) BlackStar Film Festival, the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and video artists, is pleased to announce the full lineup of films for the 2020 program, which will take place August 20-26, 2020. In response to COVID-19, the ninth edition of the festival will be presented entirely online this year.


THE BLACK MAN IN THE COSMOS nominated for Best Experimental film.



https://www.blackstarfest.org/refractive/



NTS Radio Show


#December 19.2019 Made a special show for NTS radio made of sounds, thoughts, speeches and music that inspired me for my new video project [The Black Man in the Cosmos].

https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/kitoko-diva-20th-december-2019


Exhibition Black South


#October 05.2019
For Black History Month, October 5th 2019, I’ll be curating “Black South”, an exhibition around the black southern culture with a focus on the city of New Orleans. Rsvp: link.dice.fm/wEa5lZJ4TY

[Black South] is a sensory experience of nostalgia and delight aiming to counteract the images we often see of black bodies in our current political climate. A celebration of blackness but also music highlighting decades of Memphis phonk, trap music, southern soul, chopped & screwed melo beats from Houston, Nola bounce without forgetting the high-life bass of the Miami sound.



Southwark Untold 2.0 - Tate Modern


#August 18.2019
Panel discussion with seven creatives artists from London borough of Southwark.


Exhibition Black South




Balamii Radio Show



Art Talk Program - Tate Modern

#July 2019  Art Talk program Tate Modern —Cildo Meireles’ large scale installation “Babel”


‘Addis, my father’
premiere Lincoln Center - New Yok African film Festival (New York City,USA)


https://nyaff31.eventive.org/films/660f16991071cb0083dc2b62

Aesthetica Short Festival (York, UK 2022)


A unique sound installation. An exhibition from award-winning artists. Tour York’s historic streets. The 2022 Aesthetica Film Festival is about more than film. Their Fringe Events are some of the most exciting new additions to the 12th edition of the festival, designed to offer incredible new experiences and develop meaningful connections to York at its largest cultural event of the year.

1-30 November
York Gallery, York UK


MAPP Festival  (Montreal, Canada - September 2022)


MAPP_MTL,Montreal's international projection mapping festival, will be back for a 7th edition from September 21 to 25 2022: A friendly and creative digital festival in the heart of Mile End and the Quartier des spectacles. “Memoria 2022” will be presented for the first time as a short version. 





Encontro de Cinema Negro Zózimo Bulbu (Brazil)




we may seek cosmic marronage but let's remember our terrestrial obligations
(Los Angeles, California, USA)

an evening of performance, video arts, and experimental film, on Saturday, October 3 2020 at 7 pm PST.


Featuring installation with Ulysses S. Jenkins and a film program curated by Jheanelle Brown, artists include: Kitoko Diva, Yétundé Olagbaju, Jamilah Sabur, Larry Achiampong, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Tabita Rezaire, and Nkechi Ebubedikeall - proceeds directly support 18th Street Arts Center’s Arts Learning Lab online workshops, community-engaged artist commissions, exhibitions, and artist professional development programs.





NTS Radio Show

#July 20.2020 4PM UK time

Hosting and curating “KEEPING DJ SCREW ALIVE” - Two hours honouring the life of Robert Earl Davis Jr., the Houston innovator who changed the music world with his slowed down sound. A celebration of Southern rap music and the city of Houston featuring contributions from the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, co-curator ESG from SUC, research advisors Rocky Rocket, DJ Candlestick, Donnie Houston, Jody Simms & Ony.



https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/dj-screw-day-20th-july-2020



NTS Radio Show


#March 25.2020 7 pm UK time on @NTSlive with clarinet performance from CKTRL 


https://www.nts.live/shows/guests/episodes/kitoko-diva-25th-march-2020

Worldwide FM Radio Show

#October 04.2019
WW Daily W/Papaoul on Worldwide FM
WW Monthly w/ Sandra Omari on Represent Radio



NTS Radio Show
#December 18.2019
I will present a special and unique show on NTS Radio




Performance Jeune Création

#December 13.2019
Last performance of the year will be in Paris W/ Jeune Creations  
Exhibition Program ‘Multiple Identities’ @ Silencio (Paris, France)














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