Banataba (2017) by Faustin Linyekula


Practical information

Performance in English
No reservation required
14 € / 7 €

Event overview

Dancer, choreographer and storyteller Faustin Linyekula says he has never been interested in objects. Yet it is an object that prompted him to embark with his mother and uncle upon an arduous journey to their ancestors’ village – a sculpture, found in the storerooms of the Metropolitan Museum. In New York, it does not seem worth exhibiting. In Lengola villages where it was created, it probably stood at the public square, unprotected, yet therefore accessible to all residents. By ordering a local sculptor to copy the statue, Linyekula symbolically transports the work of art back to its place of origin, reflecting on the injustice of colonial art theft. In the dance performance which arose out of this journey, he and the dancer Moya Michael interrogate the relationship between local art history and collective identity. If masks and statues are the archives of Congolese villages, how can their communities remain in touch with their plundered past? What is left of the stories inherent in the objects if they are wrested away from their point of origin?    

With: Moya Michael, Faustin Linyekula

Video/Sound: Faustin Linyekula

Production: Studios Kabako/Virginie Dupray

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