a future that has to do less with the past?
an experimentation into fugitive forms of thinking and affect...
the new comes after remnants of old disappear
when the deadness of winter lingers no more,
but first -
fragmentation has to happen
dislocation of bodies from cosmological firma.
uproot the stem.
the soul from the seat.
bricolage of memories jettisoned along the vastness of oceans,
by waves of avarice,
flowing like flotsam
violent inventions and erasures,
recourse to traditions of old.
ebonics entangled in sites of western accumulation,
a gift to the world stolen,
‘the-other’ regulated into property
western invention of self killed indigeneity.
modernity understood in colonial prisms
poses a perpetual threat to ‘unhooked’ of futurities;
conventions disrupting vital force
lack of intention
performing incantations in the present
material objects emptied and embezzled of basis;
shadows of spirituality, latent echoes of the past denoted in the present.
suffrage smothered in callous value systems
predicated on western significations
illnesses of existence manufacturing spectacles of alterity
deficiencies in representing the authentic,
no vigour in da vitalism;
alterations of the corporeal,
the social self in a phenomenological twist meanders through desolate tunnels
in search of translation,
diminished returns for the self,
loss of personhood in the infinite boundlessness;
dialectics of space?
behold! the gestures of tradition that decorate the nest of culture.
new circuits of production take flight
the superfluity of mimesis
decapitation of Sankofa
complexes untethered from the past engendering uncertainty about the future,
Sun solar Ra-dicalisms
channelling introspection of monumental proportions
ancestral fecundity reimagined in form,
atomic and holistic
continuous movement towards revolution
an unlikely coexistence?
difficult to locate…
be with the zeitgeist,
sentiments sent (w)rapped in black,
reason burns in hell
metaphors requiring translation,
the ephemera of attitudes that produce our time.
contemporary modes of relation,
a hindrance to poetics forming relations
coexistence of presence and non-presence
a synthesis of dualities
past culture and future alienation,
the antithesis to the desires of the commons
rhetorics of domination
odes to earlier conceptions
ETA - the post-nation?
seeking to reinvent
reproducing orientalised subjects,
stifling fumes emitted inside frictional zones
backs to the wall
energy of collectivism
troubles the hubris of language,
devolves structures of contemporary culture; evincing the impoverishment of the architecture of our time,
here we are costumed in contentment
rendez-vous of commonality -
giving to receive.
reciprocalities along latitudes of hybridity,
humanism spins on an oblong axis.
large-scale fabrications built upon ancient beliefs,
essentialisms deny identity, meaning and genealogy,
pushing against the praxis of aesthetics of self-constitution.
meaning rendered forever
porosity of understanding produce particularities and
by any means necessary
emergency reappraisals en masse
addressing structures of hegemony
to remove the stasis of its own making.
connect to the radiance of collective essence
affirm the right human sovereignty
let rain descend again.
Author: Phokeng Setai
Souleymane Bachir Diagne, “Négritude as existence,” Nka: Journal of African Contemporary Art, Duke University Press, 2018, pp. 10-19.
Okwui Enwezor, “The artist as producer in times of crisis,” 2004.
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, “How the art takes shape - old forms/new idioms in our fashion,” IncarNations, BOZAR Books, 2016, pp. 61-71.
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