(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 of ‘voice’ and ‘voicelessness’. The installation consists of two objects shaped like radios, but with screens in them playing footage of human figures, with indexes and disconnected discourse. By muddying the transmission with noise from some unknown source, the artist draws attention to the difficulty of relating to the other in situations in which there is an absence of voice, a prerequisite for interlocution and the construction of discourse. Drawing upon the idea of dialogue as a fundament of human experience, the work speaks of the voice as a symbol of personal and political expression.