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Fetissoes by Kialy Tihngang

a space’ arts presents Fetis­soes; a major new com­mis­sion by Glas­gow-based artist Kialy Tih­n­gang in part­ner­ship with Black His­to­ry Month South

06/10/23 – 26/11/23
Opening Times
Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00
Mon–Thu, Closed
Fri–Sat, 10:00 – 17:00
Fetissoes is a new body of work by Kialy Tihngang, commissioned by ‘a space’ arts in partnership with Black History Month South and exhibiting at ‘a space’ arts’ headline venue, God’s House Tower, a 700-year-old ancient monument in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town.

For this commission, Kialy speculates that a group of enslaved African people jumped overboard their captors ship into the ocean and combined European maritime technology (the master’s tools) with fetishes (African religious objects with magical powers) to create tools to safely return home underwater. These tools take the form of six wearable sculptures, displayed in the Main Gallery space.

An accompanying video showing the artefacts in action will be exhibited in the Barker Mill Project Space.

Kialy Tihngang is a multidisciplinary artist based in Glasgow. As a British-born Cameroonian, Kialy’s research-based practice focuses on colonial European misrepresentation, extraction, and demonisation of West African cultural practices, but also on her own misremembering, misreading, and romanticisation of said practices. Primarily, she designs artefacts from reimagined histories and speculated futures.
Join us on Saturday 7th October at God’s House Tower for our launch event as we celebrate our latest exhibition, Fetissoes by Kialy Tihngang.
The exhibition will run from 6th October 2023 to 26th November 2023 at God’s House Tower.