Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro »On A History Of Lateness; True Histories from Out of Space«
The artist re-examines the entangled histories of German colonialism in West Africa, botanic and mineral sciences as well as ancient civilization bringing a queering ruination of ghost choir testimonies. She examines the consequences of colonialism regarding culture, society, environment and spirituality.
Departing from the amphitheaters built by German settlers in Cameroon and Gabon at the end of the 19th century for recreational purposes, she follows the traces of writer and botanist Adelbert von Chamisso, whose famous novel »Peter Schlemihl – The Shadowless Man« 1813) was performed in such theaters and whose name was locally re-appropriated as imaginary Goddess.
»On A History Of Lateness; True Histories from Out of Space« introduces parts of a process of decolonial wrestling and sonic healing and pays tribute to Martin Bernal's theses on the Afroasiatic roots of classical civilization expressed in his book »Black Athena« (1987).
Nathalie Anguezomo Mba Bikoro is a conceptual artist from the region of Woleu-Ntem in North Gabon and is presently based in Berlin.
The artist merges sonic radio, poetry, sculpture, live art performances, film and archives for immersive installations. Her work analyses processes of power & science fictions in historical archives critically engaging in migrational struggles and colonial memory. She creates environments for alternative narratives and future speculations of colonial resistance movements led by African women of the German diaspora and indigenous communities. She is the recipient of several awards including Fondation Blachère & Afrique Soleil Mali for Best Artist Dakar Biennale (2012), IASPIS Swedish Arts Council (2018), Arts Council England (2016), Goethe Institut (2016) and many more.
The Queen of Mbira
Konzert mit Stella Chiweshe
Her Majesty, the queen of Mbira music from Zimbabwe, as Stella Rambisai Chiweshe is affectionately called, is the first female artist who gained in prestige and has been honoured with recognition in a music tradition that has been dominated by men: Mbira music – known as the backbone of Zimbabwean music.
The Mbira is an African instrument that consists of 22 to 28 metal keys mounted on a hardwood soundboard and is usually placed inside a gourd resonator (deze). The keys are played with the two thumbs plucking down and the right forefinger plucking up. In Zimbabwe, Stella Chiweshe released more than 20 singles of Mbira music of which her first single »Kasahwa« went gold in 1975.
After the Zimbabwean Independence, she was invited to become a member of the National Dance Company of Zimbabwe, where she soon took the part of a leading Mbira Solo player, dancer, and actress. Her solo work has established herself as one of the most original artists in the contemporary African scene using mbira music to transmit the depth and power of her traditional spiritual music at home and abroad. She believes that different narratives need different languages and traditions of narration, especially when it comes to future narratives.