In 'TRACER', an interdisciplinary group (Esther Mugambi, Emmanuelle Nsunda, Nizar Saleh, Emily Hardick, Anne Wetsi Mpoma and Sarah van Lamsweerde) recontextualizes the colonial performance ‘Changwe Yetu’ through a panel of its decor made by artist Mwenze Kibwanga. 'Changwe Yetu' was composed of dances and musical acts from Rwandan, Congolese and Burundese artists and traveled to several cities in Congo and Belgium between 1956-58.
Now, in a reverse travelogue, the group follows this Mwenze's décor path back to the African continent, with stops in the form of creative and discursive residencies in Brussels, Antwerp and Lubumbashi, reanimating the set piece with a polyphonic and decolonial perspective.
Join us at Wetsi Gallery for the first public presentations of our research:
OCT 5th: OPENING AND PRESENTATION EMMANUELLE NSUNDA
OCT 12TH & 13TH: PERFORMANCE "TIME TRAVEL WITH MWENZE: ACT#" AND LECTURE EMILY HARDICK
OCT 19TH: FINISSAGE AND PERFORMATIVE READING BY ANNE WETSI MPOMA
TRACER is a project initated by Sarah van Lamsweerde. Kindly supported by Flanders State of the Arts, Vlaamse Gemeenschapcommissie, ICC Enough Room for Space, Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek, Atelier Picha, De Singel, Wetsi Art Gallery. In collaboration with arp:.