Atiena R. Kilfa: The Unhomely

27 Jan-28 May 2023


The exhibition The Unhomely marks the first institutional solo presentation by Atiéna R. Kilfa (b.1990, FR) in the UK. Kilfa uses photography, sculpture, video and installation to explore personal and cultural memories that conflict and overlap. Her most recent work draws on her interest in the composition of models, dioramas, still lives, and tableaux vivants, which she reinterprets as sites loaded with inherited narratives and social codes.

Located across Gallery 3 and the Reading Room, The Unhomely is comprised of a new video work integrated into an architectural structure. The work places the viewer within a movie scene, unfolding in an undisclosed staircase. This movement is perceived as a Huis Clos, a never-ending loop whereby the viewer encounters “architectural ghosts” that collapse the distinction between the real and the imagined, past and present.

Co-produced in partnership with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.