Date: 9 - 14 January 2023
Residents: Esther Mugambi, Emmanuelle Nsunda, Nizar Saleh, Sarah van Lamsweerde and Emily Hardick
During our first mini-residency at ERforS, the project was kicked off with a workshop, an intro to the ICC by Maarten van den Eynde, research and brainstorm sessions.
Thanks to Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten for hosting us and our audiovisual and production associates Raoul Carrer and Jesse van Winden for joining.
This project is kindly supported by VG and VGC
In 'Yetu - deco(r)lonial', an interdisciplinary group (Esther Mugambi, Emmanuelle Nsunda, Nizar Saleh, Sarah van Lamsweerde, Anne Wetsi Mpoma and Emily Hardick) 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 1956-59.
Now, in a reverse travelogue, the group follows this Mwenze's panel’s 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.