CULTURAL LIVINGS OF A BLACK BODY SERIES

 

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CULTURAL LIMBO LIVINGS 2.0

Cross Disciplines: Language, Object, Body Movement and Sound For the first instance of the series, we focus on the interaction of object-installations by Jupier Child made of different materials such as ready-made African masks, wire, clocks, and rubber, with body movement borrowing butoh dance expressions, as butoh has been present in our research practices. Objects, those found and composed into installation moving and growing through shadows onto space. Further we use objects such as combs, thread and braiding synthetic hair onto an old bike tire, speaking into a room telling stories of our blood; stories we converse with other stories with shadow dances and songs and spotlights moving in all directions creating spectacle. The butoh-inspired movement serves as to generate a sense of wholeness of living, therefore exploring different handicaps and forms of abjection brought from the colonial rule onto our ancestry still present in our bodies, and our willingness to move away from it through self-decolonization. Moreover, we descend to these handicaps connected to the context of pre and post coloniality within viscerality, the social, rational, erotic, and spiritual within the wholeness of body. The black diasporic body in its ascribed abjection from the historical context of coloniality, dances its own clumsiness, restraints, articulations and liberation. Further, these interactions between body and objects are documented and recorded into sound and later manipulated and mixed with ambient melodies, poetry readings, and singing. Just like our living in different socio-historical, political and cultural contexts is filled with crossings, entangled histories, and social positionality, which interrelate creating different realities, influencing identity in terms of performativity, we use sound, body movement and installation-objects to manifest these processes to tell stories in motion.

PERFORMED AT THE UNION SUPPORT EVENT AT BOLSJEFABRIKKEN COPENHAGEN, DK

Video Documentation for Live Performance

25.04 Cultural Limbo Livings of a Black Body is a project series composed of live art performance, installation, video, music and poetry. Artists Sall Lam Toro and Jupiter Child come together in this first collaboration to examine what they call “cultural limbo livings” which represents a condition in motion for the black diasporic body within the context of coloniality and decolonization, as the 25th April 1974 marks the independence of the African former Portuguese ex-colonies, the overthrowing of Salazar’s dictatorship rule in Portugal, the release of censored ex-political prisoners in Portugal and a complete new restructuring of both Portugal and Guinee, Mozambique, Angola, Saint Thomas and Prince, and Cape Vert. Further, this contingent condition is situated between different elements that intersect and interrelate such as coloniality and assimilation to Europeanness from our living in different countries in Europe, respectively, Denmark; the sense of Africananess and diaspora in terms of identity, decolonization of the body, and lastly, queerness. These asymmetric intersections become present in the stories we tell evoking ancestry. The different elements and artistic mediums become our tools to tell these stories. The first work was designed for World Kitchen’s event The Colonial Kitchen ft. Mozambique, Brazil and Portugal” in Aalborg.