BAHM | 2.25.18 | Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is a Cameroonian independent curator, Founding Director of SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin and Artistic Director of Galerie Wedding in Berlin. He is Editor-in-Cheif of Savvy Journal, the first bilingual e-journal for critical text on contemporary African art. He was the Curator at Large of Documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany. Ndikung holds a PhD in Medical Biotechnology.
In 2014, he co-curated If You Are So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich? On the Economy of Knowledge, the first satellite project of a research and exhibition collaboration between SAVVY and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, which was part of the 5th Marrakech Biennial. The exhibition featured 12 international artists working primarily with sound installation, to explore the dissonance between economic, intellection and cognitive capital. The project pays tribute to the African-American minimalist composer, Julius Eastman, who used music as a vehicle for political expression.
Also in 2014, Ndikung co-curated The Ultimate Capital is the Sun: Metabolism in Contemporary Art, Politics, Philosophy and Science at nGbK, Berlin, which brought together artists, philosophers, scientists and curators to explore the notion of metabolism in the realms of art, politics, and ecological awareness.
In 2016, Ndikung co-curated An Age of our Own Making, a yearlong art project, culminating in exhibitions in three Danish cities. The first exhibition, Reflection I in Holbæk: The Life of Materials. On Another Nature and Ecology, reflected on the effects of consumer actions, ecological colonialism, and the life and cycles of materials. The second exhibition, Reflection II in Roskilde: The Route that Tempts the Traveler to Test Gravity. Notes on the Paradigm of Immunization, and explores the current limitations on human movement and freedom, and tendencies of isolation and self-preservation. The third exhibition, Reflection III in Copenhagen: An Age of Our Own Making—On Agency and Enacting Citizenship., explores the possibilities of creating, claiming or using space as forms of enacting citizenship.