Afrovibes: Princess Rose Zinzi Mhlongo (ZA) / Albert Silindokuhle Khoza (ZA) - The Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu
'The Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu' exposes the violent and shameful legacy of ethnological exhibitions (such as human zoos) that were popular in Western society between the 1870s and 1960s. During the performance, which can be seen in Frascati, the South African artist Albert Khoza examines the effect of the imperial and colonial gaze on black bodies. How can this look still be felt today? How do we deal with this legacy and this uneasy past? Should we try to erase this legacy, bury it in history or should we try to face this past?
The Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu
In The Black Circus of the Republic of Bantu, Albert Khoza confronts the ethnic beauty and pride of his black - not white, not slim - body. Khoza explores the ongoing pain of historical and systemic racism, creating a space for collective healing and an opportunity to regain dignity. Khoza uses the body as a vehicle for change – a black body historically (and often still) seen as an object of desire or slavery.
In the words of Khoza and director Princess Rose Zinzi Mhlongo, "We pay tribute to the many Africans whose lives and bodies have been turned into a spectacle for white pleasure."
Previously featured at Live Art Festival Cape Town 2022, Georgetown University Washington 2022, Liverpool Biennial 2023.
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