7pm | 3/4 February 2018 | Amphitheater, Freedom Park
“Still The Wretched” is a performance art project that creatively explores the works of Frantz Fanon (‘Black Skin, White Masks’, 1952, ‘The Wretched of the Earth’, 1961 and ‘Toward the African Revolution’, 1952-1961). In two acts, song, dance, and visuals arts – photography and painting – are combined to offer a playful interpretation of select passages of Fanon’s texts, as archival material. What are the effects of colonialism on the mind of the colonized? And in this day and age, what does it mean to be and African? Are our minds truly decolonized?
The participatory performance piece aims to shed light onto these questions by investigating attitudes and approaches towards cultural heritage: it is as much about the stealing and exploitation of African cultural artifacts by the colonialists, as it is about the neglect of our own history as illustrated by the deplorable state of artefacts, art centers and museums in Nigeria by the ruling elite.