Dak'Art - Biennale of Contemporary African Art. Dakar, Senegal.
May - June 2018
Collaboration with Wanja Kimani
supported by the British Council UK & Senegal, Hull 2017 & North Lincs Council.
Wanja Kimani's performance, 'Expectations', draws upon these themes and explores sexuality and mortality, personal and physical boundaries and the construction of power. The spoken word tells the story of two women, whose bodies and desires are silenced and ends by drawing on a racially motivated criminal act against a black man. The act of writing names of victims of hate crime (based on gender, sexuality and race) commemorates them and shows us that injustice still continues. The suit is made from barkcloth, a fabric made from the bark of specific trees and historically used for decorative purposes, symbolise patriarchy and capitalism, which are powers that we ought to question.
Wanja Kimani's visual practice explores the fragility of memory, the imagination, loss and trauma. Through video, performance, and textiles, she imposes elements of her own stories into public spaces, creating a personal and collective narrative, where she is both author and character.
With their collaboration at Dak'Arts, McCourt & Kimani wish to create cultural exchange through a piece of art that resonates with both the UK and Senegal in order to enable cross-cultural dialogue and contribute to ongoing conversations around migration, the concept of home and gender.
'The Agit'Art Laboratory is one of the oldest artists' collective in the world. It is regularly cited as one of the most influential artistic movements on the continent, which continues today to nurture and inspire a generation of young artists and creators. The members of Agit'Art are dispersed throughout the world and have been invited for this special project as part of the 2018 Dakar Biennale, a collaboration between the EUNIC Group and the Laboratory.
In essence, the Laboratory develops collective, committed, civic and urban actions that echo the concerns and ambitions of the EUNIC Group, enjoying a notoriety and an experience hailed by all in this kind of artistic action since 1974.' Biennale de Dakar 2018 - PROJET Laboratoire AGIT’ART
Supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017
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