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Lamin Fofana

Lamin Fofana is an artist and musician currently located in New York. His music contrasts the reality of our world with what’s beyond, and explores questions of movement, migration, alienation and belonging. Fofana’s overlapping interests in history and the present, and his practice of transmuting text into the aective medium of sound, manifests in multisensory live performances and installations featuring original music compositions, eld recordings and archival material. His latest releases include Ballad Air & Fire, Shafts of Sunlight, and The Open Boat an album trilogy. Recent exhibitions include JMW Turner with Lamin Fofana: Dark Waters (2022) at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England; Preis der Nationalgalerie (2021) at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany; a call to disorder (2021) at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; Life and Death by Water (2021) at the Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, England; BLUES (2020) at Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, City University of New York; Refracted GazesFugitive Dreams (2019) at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; WITNESS (2017) at 57th Venice Biennale, Italy; and performances at Documenta 14 (2017), Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece. In 2021, Fofana was awarded a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists and was nominated for the National Gallery Prize in Germany. Fofana hosts a monthly radio show on NTS Radio, an online station based in London.



EXHIBITIONS

2022

JMW Turner with Lamin Fofana: Dark Waters, London, United Kingdom

2021

Ballad Air & Fire, Preis der Nationalgalerie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany

a call to disorder, Haus Der Kunst, Munich, Germany

Life and Death by Water, Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, United Kingdom

2020

BLUES, Mishkin Gallery, New York, NY

PERFORMANCES

2022

Shafts of Sunlight | Live, Hellerau, Dresden

Ballad Air & Fire | Live 0, CARA,  New York

Rewire Festival | Live, The Hague

2021

Shafts of Sunlight | Live, Theaterhaus, Stuttgart

Ode to Impurity | Live, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Live with Nicolas Premier, E-Werk Luckenwalde

2020

SoS Assembly | Live, silent green Kulturquartier,  Berlin

REST ASSURED BODI NO BE FAYAWOOD| Live, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Radical Mutation: On the Ruins of Rising Suns | Live, HAU1, Berlin

Festival of Endless Gratitude | Live, Koncertkirken, Copenhagen

Space for Listening w Lyra Pramuk, Lamin Fofana, Hüma Utku and Ramsha - Open Air Concert | Live, Berlin Latitude On Air: Unsettling Power Relations” | DJ, rebootfm and Radio Netzwerk, Berlin | Akinbode Akinbiyi: Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air Exhibition Opening | DJ, Gropius Bau, Berlin

2019

“Rajkamal Kahlon: Are my hands clean?” Exhibition Opening | DJ, Galerie Wedding, Berlin

PAD WEEK Germany 2019 | DJ, Atelier Prinzenstr 84, Berlin

“Black Metamorphosis” Album Launch with Jim C Nedd | Installation / Live, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin  

Homage to Binyavanga – ISUSU 2019 | DJ, be’kech, Berlin

“Blue Skies Bodies in Trouble” with knowbotiq | Live, PACT Zollverein, Essen

Each One Teach One – Afrolution 2019 | Live, aptm Berlin, Berlin

Creamcake: Paradise Found | Live, Ruine der Franziskaner Klosterkirche, Berlin

Membrane Festival | Live, Literaturhaus Stuttgart, Stuttgart

DJ, Climax Institutes,Stuttgart  

Live (+ Sarah Davachi), Roter Salon Volksbühne, Berlin

Profound Sound 2019 | Live, Quarterhouse Auditorium, Folkestone, Kent

Cobalt Studios | DJ, Newcastle

Hundebiss Night | DJ, Cox18,  Milan

manYdancing the molecular ornaments | Live, HKW, Berlin

Spinning Triangles: Ignition of a School of Design | Live, Wohnmaschine, Dessau

2018

Berlin  @ Studio 1 at Kunstquartier Bethanien – 3hd Festival Berlin | Live

The Allure of Gold and Other Solidarity Stories by Keleketla Library at 10th Berlin Biennale | Live, YAAM, Berlin 

No Tek No Caribbean Soli Party, Benet for Puerto Rico, Dominica, St Croix | DJ, Panke, Berlin 

2017

Jeannette Ehlers: Into the Dark | Soundtrack / Live, FAAR302, Copenhagen

Wiener Festwochen: Performeum – Big Opening | DJ, Performeum, Vienna

Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion: University of Disaster| Installation / Live, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice

S A V V Y • Every Time A Ear di Soun” at Documenta 14 | DJ, KulturBahnhof, Kassel 

S A V V Y • Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am,  at Documenta 14 | DJ, six dogs, Athens

The Ocean After Nature” | Live / Discussion, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University,  Boston

2016

Doubleworld Album Launch w Binyavanga Wainaina and Lisa Blanning | Listening, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin An Age of Our Own Making | DJ, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen

The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse | DJ, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

BCRShamelessLimitless | DJ, OHM, Berlin

Negus – Celebration | Live, Bologna Museum of Modern Art, Bologna  

Vie Garantie | Live,  La Java, Paris