A week ago I saw a video on Instagram, a conjunction with Yale University, showing "6 million years of evolution in one minute". It starts with an ape, passes Stonge Age Man, becomes a Black Man... and ends with a White Man.
Seriously. It ends with a white man.
In the 21st century.
I was irritated as always when an action of rasiscm just happens as it would be the most normal thing in the world. In the comments people were complaining about those who questioned, if the maker of this video just gave it a thought once, that this could be highly discriminating black people and state a non-acceptable supremacy of white people. Those persons complained about, that people always see rasiscm in everything. But this isn't "everything". This is an act of showing that rasiscm is still normal to even well educated people and that telling them make them react even more racist. Racism doesn't happen by accident.
Obviously I was upset with this. It unfortunately fits with the political development and atmosphere in this world; I can only be worried. So I asked my friend Lebo Masemola - a great singer who you should defintely check out! - if she would join me in a visualised question about which way evolution is choosing and if this way is about the colour of skin. We experimented outside with white creme, editing movements and a tag made by street artist LIES (Life Is Extremly Strange - check him out, too!). The video should be finished soon and I hope it will be food for your thought!
Stop Racism! Now!
In Kampala, Uganda, I had the opportunity to make a performance as a member of the FREE(AK) SHOW. With the collaboration of a Sculpturor, an Eco-Artist, a Street Artist, a Poet and me as the Performance Freeak we wanted to support the Eco Project Eco-Action by turning the focus on how to handle all the trash we're producing.
On the compound where we were presenting the exhibition was this lovely pool. After so many good discussions with the artists I felt the urge to sum our talks up in a way.
So I decided I want to work with the Pool as the symbol of purity and wealth. I threw as many plastic bottles I could find in it and worked on a floating dead body out of fibre glas and plastic bottles with the help of Reagan Kandole, the Eco-Artist. So the once beautiful pool was full of trash now. It also put in the mind all those islands out of plastic trash, which "found" together and swimming in the oceans worldwide.
When the guests arrived, the DJ turned on an athmospheric song, while Performer Patricia Corell arrived at the Pool, put on her bathing cap and her goggles and started swimming enthusiastically in the Pool. She dismissed the trash, pretending everything is alright, but has to swim right through it.
This was very important to me as we all agreed within the group that the worst thing after producing so much waste is the ignorance. As long as we don't see the trash and what it's doing to the earth and therefore to us humans in the end, we just pretend it's not there.
Patricia got out of the Pool, took off the goggles and the bathing cap, realizing she lost her hair. This is a very realistic threat and to show what we do in the end to ourself, she bend down screaming, giving birth to a plastic bottle. Being confused she quickly walked away, singing a child song to the plastic bottle, which she hold in her arm like a little baby.
I was surprised by the intensity the audience was watching and that they didn't step back when the performance started, but rather came closer and trying to understand what is going on.
Thanks to my beautiful Performer Patricia Corell and to Emmanuela Mantegazza for taking those fanatstic pics of the show!