Collage of Bird-like creature with human face and human legs
Frida Orupabo, Untitled, 2020


4.2 – 9.4 2023

What happens when we sift through history and its dark repositories? The exhibition FLIGHT at Malmö Konsthall presents burning, critical and unrelentingly defiant artworks by Kudzanai Chiurai, Frida Orupabo and Eric Magassa.

FLIGHT unfolds in a sequence of scenes that set the viewer in fluid time and place. Each installation is constructed from painstaking excavation and purposefully veers in and out of the past and present. The exhibition grapples with dissonance; beauty and grit, colonialism and freedom, and that which is yet to come. 

The word ‘flight’ evokes a myriad of visual metaphors and sensations – flying, breaking free, falling. In this exhibition it works as a linguistic signifier and as a place for the viewer to orient themselves in and engage with the expressions presented. Its omnipresence is there to entice and lead into worlds of tangible narratives, abstractions and critical fabulations. FLIGHT is formed by a range of mediums including collage, photography, sound, video and printed matter. The effect created is an immersive site of frequency, rhythm and vividness.

A common thread ties the artists’ works together: their emphasis on remembrance and reckoning. Throughout the exhibition the automatic response of fight-flight-freeze and its effect on everyday life can also be discerned. Kudzanai Chiurai’s archival work, The Library of Things We Forgot to Remember, transports us to Pan-African liberation struggles against colonial rule. The work is all-consuming and pulsates with resistance. Frida Orupabo presents an assemblage of collage works that depict abstracted Black figures that are eerily present and unflinching. Eric Magassa’s large-scale installation opens passageways into vastness. He distorts and disturbs, creating other ways outside of conformity and symmetry. The impressions in his collages are far reaching and anachronistic.


Opening Friday 3.2 at 7 pm

Kudzanai Chiurai was born in 1981 in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he lives and works today. He incorporates various media into his work, which is largely focused on cycles of political and economic inequality, and conflict resolution in post-colonial societies. Chiurai has held numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in various group exhibitions. His Conflict Resolution series was exhibited at dOCUMENTA (13) (2012) and his film Iyeza was one of the few African films to be included in the New Frontier shorts programme at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Recent exhibitions include Regarding the Ease of Others at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, South Africa (2017) and UBUNTU: a Lucid Dream at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2020).

Frida Orupabo was born in 1986 in Sarpsborg, Norway, and lives in Oslo. Her work consists of digital and physical collages in various forms, which explore questions related to race, family relations, gender, sexuality, violence and identity. Orupabo has exhibited widely, including participating at the 34th São Paulo Biennial (2021) and 58th Venice Biennale (2019). Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at the 53rd edition of the Rencontres d’Arles, France (2022); Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2022) and Kunsthall Trondheim, Norway (2021). She was shortlisted for the 2021 Future Generation Art Prize.

Eric Magassa was born in 1972 in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he lives and works today. He is a multidisciplinary artist, combining mixed-media collage, painting and photography. He explores issues of identity, its intermediary nature and its connection to memories and places. A recurring theme in his work is the mask, both as an object and as a boundary. Recent exhibitions include Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Netherlands (2021); Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art GIBCA (2019); Valongo Festival, Santos, Brazil (2019); Alingsås Konsthall, Sweden (2019) and Moderna Museet Stockholm, Sweden (2018).

Tawanda Appiah is a Zimbabwean independent curator and writer based in Malmö, Sweden. He has curated several exhibitions and interventions including co-curating the GIBCA Extended exhibition in 2021. His research-centred practice often visits history to make sense of the contemporary milieu. Appiah sits on various boards including Paletten Art Journal.

Kudzanai Chiurai. Photo: Courtesy of the artist
Frida Orupabo. Photo: Pirje Mykkänen, Finnish National Gallery
Eric Magassa. Photo: Peter Claesson / Stenastiftelsen