(Photographic prints) Mshanga interrogates nuances in gender, generation, and poverty. It tells (and was inspired by) the story of Orupa Mchikirwa, my mother’s grandmother-and hence my great grandmother-from whose house my mother grew up in for most of her childhood years. Orupa was a fairly poor woman surrounded by many grandchildren, relatives’ children and […]
(Video and Text) “As women, we come from the womb and carry the womb. We give birth from the womb and can find ourselves born into the womb of Being… As women, we have great capacity for patience, for nurturing, for love. A contemporary male Sufi teacher once described an ideal guide as one who […]
(Video in Wooden Radio Sculptures) The single adequate form of verbally expressing authentic human life is open-handed dialogue. Life by its very nature is dialogic. To live means to participate in dialogue: to ask questions, to heed, to respond, to agree, and so forth… (Mikhail bakhtin, 1984: 293) ‘Kwa Baba rithi undugu’ explores the themes […]
(Video Installation) Dira explores themes of ‘voice’ and ‘voicelessness’. It plays around with the idea of puppeteering, and moulding/making a person behave in the way that you would like them to. It is a video that features a still subject with shadows of hands moving and playing all around it.
(Photographic prints) Mizizi/Nasaba explores the state of bereavement and the politics of gender in African society when it comes to inheritance. It consists of digital prints that document a performance of an interaction and a relationship that is forming between a bereaved daughter and the knowledge and wisdom in the text that was left […]