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RESIST AND PLAY

Fungus Press and Turf Projects poster commission, 2018

Read more about it here.

 

I am not the traveller that visits you from that other place.

I am not the Afronaut who has come to show you your past

Through thinly veiled allegory.

I am the here and now.

The carnival that you do not know.

The protest that you would not recognise.

Resist and Play.

 

RESIST AND PLAY takes stills from footage at Leeds West Indian Carnival, small frozen moments in time which have been subjected to differing levels of degradation.  The stills are rephotographed and soaked in household chemicals. Destroying the photograph can be used as a way to cloak a body, as a form of masquerade. Many questions bubble to the surface: is the process of developing the photograph ritualistic? Is it violent? Bright colour captures the imagination but sometimes it obscures the body. It is indeterminate in the photographs whether the process of degrading them is an act of power and resistance or an act of violecnce, of silencing. The carnival backdrop is a space of seemingly little consequence. It is a play space but it is also a space to subvert power through mimicry and mockery.

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