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A RE FANON

Lerato Bereng/Mohau Modisakeng

04/11/2010 - 25/11/2010


OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE




I ascribe a basic importance to the phenomenon of language. To speak means to be in a position to use a certain syntax, to grasp the morphology of this or that language, but it means above all to assume a culture, to support the weight of a civilization.
Frantz Fanon (1925–1961), Martiniquan psychiatrist, philosopher, political activist. "The Negro and Language," Black Skins, White Masks (1952, trans. 1967).



"A re Fanon" is a process based project by Lerato Bereng/Mohau Modisakeng. It is a commentary on language and its functions in our common social practice. This Setswana phrase literally translates as “He/she said Fanon!". The performance and installation will take the form of a lecture/discussion documented on a blackboard. The project questions the self-marginalization of art discourse from the broader spectrum of social language through the employing of content-blurring mechanisms such as circumlocution and quotation. The terminology and manners of art discourse have been somewhat unquestioningly mirrored by South African art practitioners. The validation of thought and creative invention can arguably be summarized as being routed in inverted commas.