NATHALIE ANGUEZOMO MBA BIKORO (Gabon/UK)
Live performance Last Sundance (2016); photographic work Future
Monuments - Forbidden Histories (2015); Installation SMy Name Is (2016).
As part of the co-curatorial section UNDER A DIFFERENT SUN. Obscured Histories, Female Perspectives by Chiara Cartuccia & Celeste Ricci | EX NUNC.
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Future Monuments: Forbidden Histories (2015). Courtesy the artist.
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro, Last Sundance. Durational performance at the III Venice International Performance Art Week 2016. Image © Lorenza Cini
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro is an interdisciplinary
artist originally from Gabon and now based in Berlin, whose works develop projects between communities and collecting
fractured narratives for social change through identity, memory, dialogue, history
and multi-lingualisms. She investigates the creolisation of identities which
comment on the fractured senses of the human condition, its constructions and
interrogates counter-historical narratives of speculative futures, their
landscapes and of the geopolitical imaginary.
The VENICE INTERNATIONAL
PERFORMANCE ART WEEK presents:
The live performance Last Sundance, a performance exercise on colonial memory
denouncing the post-colonial urban systems against indigenous communities. The Sun Dance is a ceremony practiced by some indigenous people
of America and Canada, primarily those of the plains cultures. This performance is a promise, a warning, a legacy to First
Nations peoples and their continuing fight against cultural amnesia and
cultural genocides of past and modern colonisation and slavery, as well as the
historical erasure and extermination of diverse Asian diaspora communities and
their century-long battles of resistance against violence and racism.
The photographic work Future Monuments - Forbidden Histories (2015) recounts honorary memory
to the African Diaspora prisoners of the Third Reich during WWII. Germany's history to its colonial past has been largely neglected and
makes cities like Berlin today contested terrains for belonging and to its
meaning for national identity. Forbidden Histories launches the first intervention in the series
of an open community discussion commemorating and remembering those who risked
their lives to build our own in a different future yet to be written. The
intervention is a proposal, a billboard to the city and a publication to
investigate the irresponsibility of the German state for annulling this part of
history and to create a visible memorial and archive for a global network. The
memorial commemorates our collective wills and memory for the murdered African
Jews in Europe and African Diaspora.
The installation My Name Is (2016) is part of the project Squat Monument telling the story of the production of World
Histories; those are based on colonial systems, which strongly resists also
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