Performances_2016

reThinking-naZa 01

crazinisT artisT employed the participation of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Securities in his recent performance that exploits and questions institutional systems of power and authority; a process of investigating 'military- neutrality' in the socio-political humiliation of marginalized citizens. In other words his work reexamines the indiscriminate positions of ‘security forces’ in religious extremists’ actions, xenophobic violence, instant justice, and gender/sexual prejudice.

 

In 2014, he performed a similar act in collaboration with the Asogli Traditional State during their yam festival celebration where he led the procession of the chiefs and Elders with police escort to their grand Durbar. The performance created shocks, tensions, waves, vibrations, and several ambiguities among the audience as he moved through the street in his chains, covered with mud while being fully protected by the security team. The uncontrolled gestures of the securities made his ‘silence’ noisier as the dispatch riders redirected the movement of cars to make way for his arrival.

 

Image credit: Anwar Sadat Mohammed, Robin Riskin, Selom Kudjie, Nii Okanta Ankrah, Deryk PK Owusu Bempah, Cliqkofi Photography