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Futuristic Ancestry

Warping Matter and Space-time(s)

A photographic artwork of a semi-transparent biological figure floating against a background of pink stems
A photographic artwork of a dark green organism floating against a background of fuchsia foliage
astralizing names, photomontage 3D, ADAGP, Paris, 2023 © Josèfa Ntjam<br />

Fotografiska New York is proud to present rising-star French artist Josèfa Ntjam’s solo U.S. museum show debut. Through a multi-sensory video experience, biomorphic sculptures and photomontages printed on plexiglass and aluminum, the exhibition explores the artist’s deep interest and research into African mythology, biological processes, science fiction, and the ingrained but outdated ideas about origin, identity and race that rule our world.


Throughout her work, Ntjam blends memory with historical fact and speculative fiction (from Battlestar Galactica to the novels of Octavia E. Butler) to produce new interpretations of radical liberation movements around the world, from the battle against white supremacy led by the Black Panther Party in the U.S., to the fights in Cameroon and Nigeria against colonial rule.

Ntjam is best known for her work blending science fiction, history, and fantasy to present alternative narratives of African diasporic experiences. Across multiple mediums, her practice deconstructs mainstream discourses on origin, identity, and race. The artist, who earned a degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art, has been featured in exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Barbican Art Gallery in London.

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