kaleidogifs at the dublin speedshow

 

kaleidogif series marie-josiane agossou and paula roush.

After receiving an invitation to participate to Never gonna gif you up, a speedshow curated by Nora O Murchú for the openhere festival in Dublin, paula roush proposed for us to collaborate on a series of animated gifs for the show.

We found the William Blake engraving  Europe Supported By Africa and America published in (Narrative of a five years’ expedition against the revolted negroes of Surinam, in Guiana, on the wild coast of South America; from the year 1772, to 1777: elucidating the history of that country, and describing its productions … with an account of the Indians of Guiana, & negroes of Guinea, by Captn. J. G. Steadman), which final intentions were to support the start of more equal relations between cultures and races.  This compelled us to work around the historical and socio cultural context of both engraving and writings taking a feminist approach to the master-slave conflict and to the work by means of video collages.

Shadow knitting, conflicting tattoos on our skins, lacerated closeup skull, pixelated lynching uncanny life traces, europe out of focus supported by a yearn ball.”

paula roush, 2012 [http://msdm.org.uk/index.php?/kaleidogifs/1/]

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