Innovative curator, gallerist and educator
Ndikung described Miracle Workers Collective, the artist group he cofounded last year and which represented Finland at the Venice Biennale, as a ‘a space of negotiation and reconciliation, a space for frictions and rehabilitation, a space in which aesthetics and ethics co-exist’. It might also serve as the curator’s mission statement for a body of work that encompasses Savvy Contemporary, the nonprofit he set up in Berlin in 2009, his role as artistic director of the 2019 Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial (opening in December) and his recent position as guest professor in curatorial studies and sound art at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. His approach interrogates established systems of thought and imagines new ones: this year’s Spinning Triangles at Savvy sought to retell a design history in which an African narrative held sway. Among the other events organised through Savvy was Shadow Circus, a group exhibition addressing Tibet’s struggle against Chinese and CIA intervention in the 1950s.