Amira Hanafi: The Science of a Good Lie


“Here is where the science of telling a good lie saved me a lot of trouble. Believe me, I
surprised my own self by the way I did it, being so new to the civilized school of thought”.
Bata Kindai Amgoza Ibn LoBagola 

The Science of a Good Lie is the introductory chapter of an ongoing project prompted by the artist’s encounter with the fake memoir of LoBagola. Born in Baltimore in 1887, LoBagola claimed to have been born in Africa. He worked as a storyteller and entertainer, acted as a cultural informant in scholarly contexts in the US and Europe, and maintained his performative identity in daily life. His memoir, published by Alfred A. Knopf publishing company (New York) in 1930, entered academic literature as fact.
This exhibition presents diagrams and images from Amira Hanafi’s research during her residency at Nida Art Colony in September/October 2018. The work posits LoBagola as trickster, trickster as storyteller, and storytelling as a way of (re)creating history in the face of erasure. Though “all men are liars”, not all lies are created equal.
This exhibition is part of the project 4Cs and of the exchange programme between MASS Alexandria and VAA Nida Art Colony.

Amira Hanafi (USA/EG) (b. 1979) received BA of Arts in Political Science at Rutgers College and MA in Writing at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Now lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Amira is an artist and writer with a research-based practice. She works with written and spoken language, assembling multivocal archives of material connected to particular histories. Multivocality is both a theme and a strategy in Amira’s work. The artist is interested in the complexity of meaning that comes from collaging different voices, in the intersections of identities that are expressed, and in how multivocality can be an expression of collectivity, its rewards and challenges. Amira is researching the process of language, its materiality, its instabilities and contingencies. She approaches the work both formally and informally, by system and intuition, with logic and emotion.

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Exhibition opening on the 25th of October 2018, 6 pm.

Exhibition visiting time:
from the 25th of October until the 9th of November, 2018
III–V, 3–7 pm
or by appointment, tel. +37062728274

Organiser: Nida Art Colony.
Partners and sponsors: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Arab Republic of Egypt,
MASS Alexandria and the EU programme Creative Europe.

Project space Sodų 4
Sodų str. 4, Vilnius

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