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Screening: Sometimes it was Beautiful
Wed 31 Aug
Past event

Two silhouetted bodies, dressed in black, dancing against a red backdrop

Christian Nyampeta, Sometimes It Was Beautiful, 2018. Color, sound, 37 min. Commissioned by Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm. © Christian Nyampeta. Photo: Courtesy the artist

Sometimes it was Beautiful (37min, 2018) is a film by artist Christian Nyampeta.

The film features an unusual group of friends who gather to watch and critique films made by Swedish cinematographer Sven Nykvist in the Congo between 1948 and 1952. Their discussion highlights enduring tensions surrounding social transformation, cultural property, and who has the right to representation.

The screening is part of the public programme for The Show is Over. 


Christian Nyampeta is an artist that works in New York, London, the Netherlands and Rwanda, where he convenes the Nyanza Working Group of ARAC—Another Roadmap School. Nyampeta is participating in documenta 15 within ARAC, and he is the convener of the Boda Boda Lounge 2022, a trans-African film and video art festival co-initiated by Centre d’art Waza. He was awarded the 2019 Art Prize Future of Europe from the GfZK and the European Union Prize at the 12th Bamako Encounters—African Biennial of Photography in 2019.