Santiago Mostyn &
Tawanda Appiah

20 07 2021

Santiago Mostyn makes films, installations and performances that test the divide between disparate cultural spheres, employing an intuitive process to engage with a knowledge and history grounded equally in the body and the rational mind. He is based in Sweden but maintains strong ties to Zimbabwe and Trinidad & Tobago, the countries of his upbringing.
Mostyn co-curated the Moderna Exhibition 2018: With the Future Behind Us, Moderna Museet’s survey of contemporary art in Sweden, and has exhibited widely at venues including Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm (2021), the Luleå Biennial (2020), the 12th Rencontres de Bamako (2019), Institut Suédois Paris (2019), Gothenburg Biennial (2017), Moderna Museet (2016), Kunsthall Stavanger (2014), and Performa13 in New York. Upcoming research fellowships in 2021 include Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

Tawanda Appiah is a Zimbabwean independent curator, researcher and writer based in Malmö, Sweden. He is currently co-curating the GIBCA Extended exhibition 2021. Recent projects and interventions include No Country Like (Skånes konstförening, 2018); Better Safe and Sorry (Moderna Museet, 2018); Something Happened (2019); On Practices (Malmö Konsthall and Skånes konstförening, 2019); To Where Are We Beautifully Going? (2020); in(visible) – abstractions and fragments of queerness (Malmö Konstmuseum, 2021). He is part of Njelele Art Station and previously worked as a co-curator at Skånes konstförening and Curator of Education at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

Santiago Mostyn &
Tawanda Appiah

in conversation
podcast                                   54’ 50”
The iconoclastic literature of Dambudzo Marechera burns the path for this conversation between Mostyn and Appiah, navigating his words and life, they contemplate alienation, in-betweenness and multiplicity. As they move between worlds, they weave a tapestry of transnational connection, shaped by the interplay between rhythm, the body, force and movement across Zimbabwe, Bamako, Trinidad & Tobago, US and Sweden.  Finally, they journey off-planet, as Mostyn shares work in progress, a gong formed from meteorite iron and how it speaks to the steelpan, amplifying celestial resonances of earthbound sound.

Turn the Page on Hope
Santiago Mostyn

playlist                                     51’ 46”

A mix of transmissions from a third place, always. Starting with the sounds of a broken political system and ending with everything stripped away but the beat. What comes after hope? Joy, honesty, the bass that keeps us all going.


  • Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Movement 1
  • Space Afrika - out chair
  • Greg Doucette - [Police Brutality Twitter Thread Screenshot + Video Archive]
  • Caribbean Insight TV - MAURICE BISHOP SPEAKS
  • Brother Valentino - Stay Up Zimbabwe (Limited Dance Edition)
  • Mighty Shadow - Let’s Get Together
  • Bob Marley - Interview with Gil Noble
  • Trust for African Rock Art - Singila Rock Gong
  • Boukman Eksperyans - Imamou Lele
  • The Exmo Stars & Boogie - Kidondo
  • Mighty Sparrow - Martin Luther King for President
  • Black Leaders Discussion (1973)
  • Talking Heads - Hey Hey (Unreleased Demo)
  • DJ Nigga-Fox - 5 Violinos
  • Black Leaders Discussion (1973)
  • Jah Prayzah - Mdhara Vachauya
  • Thomas Mapfumo - Shumba
  • Daphni - Thomas Mapfumo


Mostyn, S.  Postkoloniala klassiker: Dambudzo Marechera ställde det engelska språket på huvudet. Stockholm: Dagens Nyheter. 2020-08-04. ︎︎︎

Mostyn, S.  The Novel that Almost Shaped a Postmodern Postcolonial Africa. Berlin: Contemporary And. 2020-10-27. ︎︎︎

Santiago Mostyn, Red Summer Edit (New Jewel), 2019, 5 archival inkjet prints in oak shadow frames, wheatpaste, posters. Variable dimensions. Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm/Paris. ︎︎︎

Santiago Mostyn, Altarpiece, 2019, Single-channel HD projection, colour/b&w, stereo sound. Loop (12 min). Andréhn-Schiptjenko Stockholm/Paris.