Coffee & Culture: Mohau Modisakeng


Date: Mar 21
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Where: Theatre
Cost: Included With Admission
Film

First presented at the South African Pavilion during the 2017 Venice Biennale, this three-channel video is a meditation on slavery's dismemberment of African identity. Each video portrays an individual whose boat is slowly sinking as they offer no resistance. It is a poetic confrontation of slavery's erasure of personal histories and the expendability of life. Although rooted in the history of colonialism in South Africa, the work resonates with Newfoundland's little-known connection to the slave trade. Low grade salt cod was exported in the 1800s to feed slaves, indentured labourers and, later, free workers in the Caribbean.

IMAGE: Mohau Modisakeng. Still from "Passage" (2017). Digital film projection. Image courtesy of the artist.

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