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The Author : Virginie Bobin

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Virginie Bobin works at the crossroads of research, curatorial and editorial practices, pedagogy and translation. In 2018, she started a practice-based research around the political and affectives takes of translation, in the frame of the PhD-in-practice program in Artistic Research at the Akademie der bildenden Künste (Vienna). In parallel, she co-founded with Victorine Grataloup the non-profit organization QALQALAHةلقلق, a platform for artistic exchanges, research and translations. She also develops long-term collaborations with artists Mercedes Azpilicueta and Franck Leibovici, that take the forms of texts, books, exhibitions and pedagogical interventions. Until 2018, she was Head of Programs at VillaVassilieff, a center for art, research and residencies, which she co-created in 2016. Previously, she worked for Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), <em>Manifesta Journal</em>, Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers and Performa, the New York Biennial for Performing Arts. Her independent curatorial projects took place internationally, in such institutions as MoMA PS1, e-flux space or Tabakalera, and her texts were published in international exhibition catalogues or magazines (Metropolis M, Manifesta Journal, Frieze /de, Flash Art, Switch on Paper…). Editorial projects include: Composing Differences (Les Presses du Réel, 2015) and Qalqalah (an online platform jointly edited by Bétonsalon – Center for Art and Research, Villa Vassilieff and Kadist Paris, 2015-2018).

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Essay by Virginie Bobin
07 November 2019

Ndidi Dike, In the guise of resource control

Essay by Virginie Bobin

Nigerian artist Ndidi Dike has been working on the “resource curse” for several years. This is the scourge that hits countries rich in resources (mining, oil, forestry), resources that are so coveted they cause destruction, despoliation, corruption and conflict. Her subtle work focuses on specific materials (latex, leather, rattan or coltan), their circulation and impact.

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