Dak'Art 2018 - Biennale of Contemporary African Art. Dakar, Senegal. May - June 2018
Collaboration between Annabel McCourt & Wanja Kimani, supported by the British Council Visual Arts, Hull 2017 & North Lincs Council. British Council Senegal, in partnership with: Dak'Art, Laboratoire Agit'Art, EUNIC AU Senegal & EU.
Wanja Kimani's performance, 'Expectations', draws upon borders, migration, torture & interrogation, public and private power and explores sexuality and mortality, personal and physical boundaries and the construction of power. The spoken word tells the story of two women, whose bodies and desires are silenced and ends by drawing on a racially motivated criminal act against a black man. The act of writing names of victims of hate crime (based on gender, sexuality and race) commemorates them and shows us that injustice still continues. The suit is made from barkcloth, a fabric made from the bark of specific trees and historically used for decorative purposes, symbolise patriarchy and capitalism, which are powers that we ought to question.