Identity: borrowed, enlarged, projected, traced and modified. (2013)
The stories we were told as children have the great potential to become our stories.
This performance attempts to situate the viewer at the point where cultures interface, mix and become hybrid. The artist investigates European fairy tales that lace her West African childhood, as a representation of Euro-centric practices and influences that were imbedded in the very foundation of her conscious memories and experiences, giving birth to a “borrowed” world-view of her own identity.
In her performance, she copies an extract from the fairy tale, “Rapunzel” and reconstructs it with elements from variations of the German folklore. She projects the extract of the tale on a wall, traces the projection, and modifies it to suit her present interpretations and perceptions. The gallery is left littered with the ‘relics’ of the performance. The performance aims at drawing our attention to the power of a story and the way in which we are consciously and unconsciously molded by the stories that surround us.