Fractured Memory - canceled!
In an interplay of words, images and storytelling, Ogutu Muraya examines how we can handle an inherited history full of complexities. Fractured Memory re-imagines James Baldwin’s essay Princes and Powers, which described a congress of African intellectuals, writers, artists, philosophers and theorists that was held at the Sorbonne in 1956. He weaves a variety of perspectives – Baldwin’s piece, archive material and stories from the life of ogutu himself – into a visually impressive lecture-performance, providing us with a new vocabulary to talk about decolonisation and uncomfortable truths.
Ogutu Muraya is a writer and theatre-maker, but sees himself primarily as a storyteller. He looks for new forms of storytelling in which he combines the socio-political with the belief that art is an important catalyst for advocacy, for questioning our certainties and for the retention of untold or ‘mistold’ stories that have no place in current discourse.
‘Art was a way for me to survive. During my political science studies, I constantly heard about all that was wrong with the world, but not how I could deal with it or react to it. Art became a retroactive process of healing, a way to question and investigate something, and to share the fruits of that research with an audience. ... Theatre allows me to zoom in and out, to linger somewhere or to just let go, to deconstruct something and deal with it from different perspectives.’
Panel discussion: Colonialism as psychological trauma and artistic motive
In response to the themes of Fractured Memory by Ogutu Muraya, KVS is organising a panel discussion on March 10 at 7pm. The panel will discuss the impact of colonialism on individual and collective psychology, and how this theme is represented in contemporary theatre and the wider cultural sector.
The discussion will be chaired by Joachim Ben Yakoub (researcher at UGent and member of Etcetera).