Vasasalen, Uppsala konstmuseumThursday, 26 October 18:00
Through memories and interviews with her immediate family, the director reflects on the effect globalization has on the African woman’s understanding of beauty. An exploration of “feeling a little bit uncomfortable”, the film describes our almost schizophrenic pursuit of globalised beauty in the ideas and theories sown into our flesh that change with the arc of time. The idea of beauty has become globalised, creating homogenous aspirations, and distorting people’s self-image across the planet.
THIS MIGRANT BUSINESS
This film shows the existing systems that enable and exploit African migrants seeking better lives in the Middle East and Europe from the point of view of a human trafficker. The systems create a cyclic force that ensures that demand and supply will continue to to feed into each other, indefinitely. This is a lucrative trade with vulnerable people as its currency. Ng’endo Mukii’s collage of infographics, live action and hand-drawn animation exposes migrant business as usual effectively, directly and ineluctably.
A weave of patterns, flowing fabric and colour. A mysterious woman demands our attention, strutting in peacock-like parade. She walks, back and forth waving a vibrant piece of cloth, like a flag over newly reclaimed territories. Graphically echoed in kaleidoscopic multitudes, a narrator praises the woven orator that clothes our bodies. Clothing has played the silent role that defines how the world has seen us, for centuries.