Search Sweet Country, a Newly Commissioned Performance by Christian Nyampeta,
Followed by a Conversation with Curator Maria Lind
Thursday, December 5, 7pm
132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, NY
If love songs about loss and overcoming are part of the history of the present, Christian Nyampeta wants to know what happens to that history when we translate, remix, re-record and recompose them. Specially commissioned by MA Curatorial Practice, Search Sweet Country summons sculptures, images, sounds and movement for a lyrical performance about longing and belonging.
The performance is conceived as a rehearsal and a spatialisation of a musical album in progress, devised as a sonic catalog of songs recorded before, during and in the aftermath of major historical events that marked the last 25 years of the history of the present. The songs are revisited by Nyampeta in collaboration with contemporary linguists and musicians, through translations, remixing, rerecording and recompositions.
The evening features interludes formulated as recitations of excerpts by poets and novelists including Bessie Head, Kodjo B. Laing, Ali A. Mazrui, Scholastique Mukasonga, Nnedi Okorafor, Yambo Ouologuem, Ousmane Sembène and Namwali Serpell in a reading that performs their writing as diagnosticians of their society.