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‘But There Was Also Memory...’: Performing Massacre, Re-membering the Natio...

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“Kenya’s official languages: English, Kiswahili and Silence.

But there was also Memory.”

Yvonne Owuor,

Dust

“But there was also Memory” stages the journey of remembrance chosen by artists who answered the call to be the Memory-Keepers of Kenya’s Massacres (1984, 2007). Mshai Mwangola weaves together excerpts from different artistic responses to the 1984 Wagalla Massacre and the 2007 / 2008 post-election violence with reflections from author Yvonne Owuor (Dust); film-maker Judy Kibinge (Scarred: The Anatomy of a Massacre); poets Marziya Mohammedali, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo and Michael Onsando (“The ICC Witness Project”); and curators Joy Mboya and Judy Ogana (“Kenya Burning” exhibition).


The performance will end at 6.30pm and will be followed by a reception.


Mshai Mwangola is a scholar and performance artist. Her pedagogy and research at the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi has engaged the nexus between performance and conflict. Mwangola chairs the Board of Trustees of Uraia Trust (Kenya’s most extensive non-state national civic education programme), and serves on the Board of The Elephant, an online journal of ideas. She served two terms as the Chair of the Kenya Cultural Centre, and has studied, taught, researched and contributed to policy processes engaging different aspects of culture, the arts, theatre and performance for over four decades.


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