The short film ‘Joy’ featuring Beverly D. Renekouzou and Exocé Kasongo will be part of the exhibition ‘When The Silent Song Rises’ at ArtCo Gallery, Berlin from the 27th April – 10 June 2023.
WHEN THE SILENT SONG RISES is a group exhibition presenting works by Beverly D. Renekouzou, Exocé Kasongo, Melody Howse, Thomias Radin, Selassie and Elihu Ashong presented at ARTCO Gallery Berlin.
Building up on their shared history in music and dance, the collaborating artists release their energy in both individual artworks and a collaborative performance that push the limits of human awakening. An interdisciplinary demonstration of ‚contemporary ancestry‘ and an opportunity to witness the unfolding of a transformative experience.
The show builds up a on a curatorial concept by Beverly Renekouzou and her recent work series ‚Honorer le sacrifice‘.
Written for the Boas blog ‘ Undoing Race and Racism’ series – ‘Calling Worlds into Being’ explores the role of sound in the Black diaspora. Focusing on sonic expansion and liberation during the Black Lives Matter demo’s in Berlin between 2018 – 2021. It illustrates how ‘sound’ and the BLM movement are not separate but deeply intertwined and can be transformational.
The exhibition AFTERLIVES by Nnenna Onuoha shows four of her recent video works centering Afrodiasporic voices in processes such as collective re-membering, archiving of Black experience and (self-)care, Onuoha approaches histories of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. By carefully and repeatedly applying these methods, the artist generates histories of the past that can be shared collectively and thus may work as a means to repair.
Workshop: Black Visual Intonation with Melody Howse 2023 01 25 | 18.00 – 20.00
This is a sound and image piece that meditates on the anti-gravitational capacities of dance as ‘Refusal.’ It considers movement a language and practice that is metamorphic. Made with footage from the Berlin BLM demo 2021 and a soundscape created from demo speeches and sounds from across the African diaspora. It continues my visual and sonic work which attends to Arthur Jafa’s ‘Black Visual Intonation’ as a arrhythmic sonic and visual expression of Black life.
Univesität Luzern, Invitation by Faduma Abukar Mursal
What could we know differently if we understood sweat as vocabulary, sound as empowerment and voice as archive? These are the questions I consider in this work which focuses on Black embodied experience in Berlin which I explore through a Black feminist lens. I take this approach to make visible the ways in which the sensory and embodied dimensions of experience can be read as more than sensation. Here I argue that they are an embodied grammar which if we learn to read can tell us something of ourselves as well as something of the society and the moment in which we live.
‘Black ways of knowing and being’ are essential to my understanding of racialized experience therefore I weave quotidian experiences of racism and racial othering with practices of joy, healing and space making or what Katherine Mckittrick has called “Black livingness” (2020).
Together with Anike Joyce Sadiq, Laurie Young & Leo a public moment was staged putting the sculptures, sound and video works of Anike, into conversation with Laurie’s dance practice and Leo’s sound practice. Using text from my piece ‘expansive sounds’ we created a ‘call and response’ to activate and extend the notion of ‘tremble’ and the resonance of ‘vibration.’
Talk presented at the University Bayreuth Anthropology Lecture Series (June 2022) Organised by Prof. Katharina Schramm & Dr. Nasima Selim.
This talk brings together a multi-modal approach to ethnographic inquiry through exploring sonic encounters at the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Berlin. In doing so it reveals how sound functions at the demo and how these functions have wider repercussions, extending beyond the spatial limits of the demo challenging both State and society.
In this workshop we explored how breath is a resource and a Black feminist practice which is at once archival as it is restorative. Via different mediums and methods we discussed how to make the long breath, in not just our activism but our lives. This workshop was on the invitation of Francesca Sobande & Akwugo Emejulu.
I will be joining Prof. Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), Prof. Leah Bassel (University of Roehampton) and Fania Noel for a round table discussion on the ‘Women of colour resist report‘ a six-nation comparative research project exploring how women of colour activists organise and mobilise against austerity, against the far right and for migrants’ rights in Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium and the United Kingdom.