Points of Resistance, 2017
Images from the exhibition Afriques capitales, Grande Halle de La Villette Paris, France. All rights reserved
The phrase “point of resistance” has several meanings: in of military strategy, it pertains to a place of combat; in electricity it refers to the state preceding a short-circuit, and in finance, to the pivotal value of a stock.
Points of Resistance is a tribute to human resistance against oppression, drawing parallels between the resistance against nazism during World War II, resistance against European colonial rule, or African-American or South Africans resistance against oppressive systems.
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Aluminum foil molding of the artist’s fist are displayed in the exhibition space.
New aluminium foil sheets are available to the public during performances. The visitors can then mold their own fist and add it to the «Wall of Resistance», creating a growing number of aluminum fists in the installation thus modifying its form.
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Eight speakers hidden behind the metal fists play short soundbites of music, speeches and interview. by 2Pac, Lucie Aubrac, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, Alpha Blondy, Stokely Carmi- chael, Le Chant des Partisans (Anna Marly, Joseph Kessel, Maurice Druon), Winston Churchill, Angela Davis, Gilles Deleuze, Mohandas Gandhi, Serge Gainsbourg, Charles de Gaulle, bell hooks, Martin Luther King , Fela Anikulapo Kuti, Radio Londres, Chai Ling (Tien-An-Men 1989), Patrice Lumumba, Bob Marley, Harvey Milk, Ho Chi Minh, Kwame Nkrumah, Public Enemy, Gil Scott-Heron, Nina Simone,Thomas Sankara, Malcolm X.