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Josèfa Ntjam - Aquatic Invasion As part of La Manutention - Performers in Residency

⚠ Very small capacity

“Here, our rebellions will be the songs that bring us tomorrow. Our bodies, droplets, will seep into linear history and shift it from its course.”


In Aquatic Invasion, Josèfa Ntjam deploys mythological, political and artistic elements associated with water and its cult.

The figures evoked – from the goddess Mami Wata to techno music duo Drecxiya, from the “boatless” of Ancient Egypt to the water spirits of Central Africa – will emerge from the depths to stir their fictions. The artist and her guests will reinvent these tales of the deep, recombining them in a way that speaks to today, through poetry, sound, dance and image.

Aquatic Invasion becomes, then, a rising tide borne forward by the energy of words and bodies, an apocalyptic flood coursing over the surface of our worlds, the darkness risen from the deep.


With: Fallon Mayanja, Aho Ssan, Hugo Mir Valette, Nach, Sean Hart, Nicolas Pirus, Steven Jacques, Bamao Yendé & Le Diouck, Monochrome Noir, Crewrâle 93 and Lala &ce.


With the generous contribution of Nathalie Talec and Galerie Maubert.
The pieces of the GIMME SHELTER collection, produced by NATHALIE TALEC, will be presented during the evening performances

Many thanks to Mokoo, Marine Serre, Rombaut, Karatvanier, Tétier, Colombe d’Humières, LaFalaise Dion, Rohan Mirza for DNA* and to the Ritual Projects showroom with the brands GmbH, Li-Ning, Boramy Viguier et Y Project.


Curator: Vittoria Matarrese

Projet coordinators: Alice Giudicenti & Licia Demuro



Thursday 29th of October from 6 pm


Admission with exhibition entrance ticket, subject to availability and the requirements of public health.

Launched in 2017, La Manutention is a residency programme for performance artists that aims to encourage exploration and experiment by providing them with opportunities to develop their practice and create novel works for public presentation.

Josèfa Ntjam

Josèfa Ntjam is born in Metz, 1992. She lives and works in Saint-Étienne (France)

Josèfa Ntjam is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice combines sculpture, photomontage, performance, film and writing. Gleaning the raw material for her works from the internet and works of natural science, Ntjam uses collage – of images, words, sounds and stories – as the chief vehicle of a practice that aims to deconstruct the grand narratives underlying hegemonic accounts of origin, identity and history. Her work often takes the form of scrupulous investigations of historical events, philosophical concepts or the functions of science, which she will accompany with references to mythology, ancestral ritual, religious symbolism or science fiction. These heterogenous elements are marshalled together in an effort to reappropriate history, which Ntjam confronts with narrative constructions that explore space-times to come, worlds between worlds where the systems of perception and naming of fixed (id)entities no longer operate. Politics and poetics thus meld together in utopian spaces and ontological fictions, a process intended to contribute to the development of a practice of emancipation that involves the emergence of multiple, processual and resilient communities.