SINCE TIME IS DISTANCE IN SPACE.
2016 - ONGOING
Mame-Diarra Niang has presented chapters in an ongoing project titled Since Time Is Distance in Space at the Walter Collection in Neu-Ulm, the fifth floor at Stevenson Johannesburg, the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo and Recent Histories at Huis Marseille, Amsterdam. Articulated through hundreds of sequences shot in different places including Brazil, Senegal, South Africa and France, an immersive new territory has been created by Niang.
The project is a composition of memories, videos and collages; these explore and generate their own narratives, presenting scenes in infinite possibilities, propositions, repetitions through reconfigurations of time and evolving installations.
The work is a conversation about how the artist exists in the past, present and future - physically and psychically. The installation changes and interacts differently with the space it is presented in, each iteration being unique. This specific gesture represents in her work the present and Niang’s hyperpresence.
Each installation features multi-channel audio and visual elements. The rooms are submerged in darkness, the luminescence from the projectors being the only sources of light, creating an immersive environment. The various components, including the sound and images produced by the artist, reflect Niang's 'Metaphorical Body', a sacred space or temple where people are kindly asked to take off their shoes.