Image credit: Anwar Sadat Mohammed
dZikudZikui-aBiku-aBiikus is the third edition of [Good Friday] interventions and performance series. It calls for people of all [forms] and [powers] to reflect on their contribution, action and inaction in/to human violence, discrimination, hate, prejudice, our vulnerabilities and mortality.
It also sparks the crucifix as a starting point to question the failure and irresponsibility of the Church/Christianity (not excluding other religious violence and discrimination) in and outside Africa and its contradictory participation in such inhuman acts and human right violations.
The title being borrowed from the Ewe and Yoruba beliefs, suggests a metaphorical relationship between the 'Homo sacer', the vulnerable individuals who seem to be owned by death as the 'abiku' (Yoruba) or the 'dzikudzikui' (Ewe) never survive, and the neo-supremacists or purists of our multi-generational society.
In this performance I appropriated the visuals and violent aesthetics of [everyday] lynch cultures, instant justice/street justice and mob actions that have taken over the continent, most especially through xenophobic violence, sexism, religious violence and homophobic attacks. It is for me the struggle to survive among the wolves of self righteousness, [cultural-racist] and to question the power relations and the borders between being privileged and being marginalized.