Since 2011 the Chale Wote festival has gained both local and international recognition as a grand public event. It brings together all forms of arts from traditional to contemporary through a singular installation piece as a street festival, inviting many participants from Ghana and abroad. A theme is chosen every year as a subject to be explored.
Chale Wote ran for one day in the first two editions and later for two days in 2013 and 2014. This year, the event has been scheduled for four days: the first two will be dedicated to film screenings followed by the weekend during which street painting, graffiti murals, photography, theatre, spoken word, interactive art installations, live street performances, extreme sports, film shows, a fashion parade, a music block party, recyclable design workshops will take place.
African Electronics as a theme for the 5th edition explores many possibilities of the human mind and the body through the flow of our collective currents and energy explosions.
On the 22nd of August, crazinisT artisT and Natascia Silverio will put together a performance installation entitled ‘pieta-afriCan resurrect’ in front of the Bible House, opposite the James Fort Prison.
Their performance questions our disabled mind and the dependent throne of governance in many African nations. The human body is the most powerful natural technology powered by the brain. However, all its energy can only be a waste when this brain is deactivated. The performance appropriates the structural form of the Pieta from renaissance sculpture of Michelangelo to explore the death of African possibilities. Africa is never dead, it is only in a deactivated mode, full of inferiority complexities and disbelief of self-empowerment.
Fifty eight years since independence Ghana can hardly boast of managing their own resources to produce a meaningful economy. The Ghanaian economic crises keeps moving towards the a state of death trap and gradually creating a wider gap between our independency and capabilities as a state and individuals. The economic crises of Ghana is a still Death buried into many political games of honour and fun of celebrity.
The Chale Wote festival has also served as a research platform not only for artists but also for many other scholars. In this year's performance, Natascia Silverio and crazinisT artisT will realize a critical study to visual anthropology. The research will be focused on the relationship between art and its relevance to the sociopolitical or economic reflection of the African states. In other words, it will question how the immediate audience perceive contemporary art as part of their everyday life.
Through open and semi-structured interviews, the two performers will engage with the public, questioning them about the theme of the performance. The expected outcome is the production of a podcast which will be disseminated in Fall/Winter 2015 by the Cologne University Radio.
The audience will be requested to answer the following questions:
-what are African possibilities?
-how would you explain African Technology?
-is Ghana still dependent on external powers?
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12pm Saturday, 22nd August 2015
Jamestown, Accra, Ghana
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