New Black Portraiture
[Short Film: 3:10]
A Video and Sound Piece for the ‘Warm Vessels in Search at Sunset’ Exhibition
in London for the Harlesden High Street Gallery.
To be ‘Black’ And be ‘White’
was to be,
'Oyinbo' Or "other"
Part 'this', Part 'that',
Ordinary lives were now a daily act of protest.
Disobedience to either or identity.
A fuck u to binaries
Translating two cultures within one skin,
A skin of palimpsestuous space, with depth, Mass, and layering.
To talk as different identities,
changing daily to the cultural activities,
thinking of identities as a performance(s).
Not reduced to fit a singular narrative,
Here, individuals’ perceptions and self-awareness are negotiated.
Built from the non-binary self, Territory, Performance, People, and identities.
A condition of hybridity
always fleeting, always alive.
Written by Issi Nanabeyin