HD, 15:07, color, sound, 2018
With spoken word and poetry by Nesindano „Khoes“ Namises, contributions by Ester Utjiua Muinjangue, chairperson of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation, as well as with music and performance by Cecilia Oletu Nghidengwa.
»performing monuments« is a continuation of the project »towards memory« which is also dealing visually with the consequences and (in-)visibilities of Genocide, Apartheid and Racism in Namibia. I look closely at some of the nowadays commemorations to the Genocide by German colonial powers in Namibia, annual celebrations to mark Namibia ́s independence and other sites like the H.E.S.S. telescopes that measure gamma rays. Furthermore the videomaterial is accompanied by interviews with women dealing with the described topics coming from various backgrounds such as political activsim, poetry, music and theater. The main focus of the video is on the performativity of monuments and how memory is inscribed and transformed into the present moment.