History Will Be Kind to Me for I Intend to Perform It -project examines performative and collaborative ways knowledge is embodied and performed. It is a collaborative project with New Performance Turku Festival, Performance Art Links /Fylkingen Stockholm, Performance Art Bergen and RAVY Biennial, initiated by the artists and curators Márcio Carvalho and Leena Kela. It consists of artist residencies, performances, talks and symposiums taking place in 2018 in Turku, Stockholm and Bergen. Artists and thinkers will travel and perform in the Nordic countries, ultimately developing a series of up to 24 performances as exercises to demythologize and decolonize knowledge and its hegemonic singularity.

Can artistic performative processes challenge the dominating historical narratives?

The project title History Will Be Kind to Me for I Intend to Perfom It comes from Winston Churchill’s quote “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it”. This quote reveals how the complex layers and events of the past have been reduced to dominant, one-sided narratives – for the benefit of the ones who have the power to create it. The project finds it crucial to replace “to write it” with “to perform it” to be able to re-analyze knowledge formations and meaning makings with the body in performance. History Will Be Kind to Me for I Intend to Perfom It will rely on the body as a site of discourse and will use performance as a tool to exercise counter-knowings and perform and embody forms of individual and collective remembrance.

 

Artists:

Maryan Abdulkarim (Finland), Elias Björn (Sweden), Christian Etongo (Cameroon), Serge Olivier Fokoua (Cameroon/Canada), Sasha Huber (Finland), Kirsty Kross (Norway), Nathalie Mba Bikoro (Gabon/Germany), Valeria Montti Colque (Sweden), Anthea Moys (South Africa), Mekdes W Shebeta (Ethiopia/Norway), Diana Soria Hernandez (Finland/Mexico), Gitte Sætre (Norway), Gøril Wallin (Norway)

History will be kind to me, for I intend to perform it -project’s curators have interviewed all the participating artists on the project themes and artistic practices. The interviews of artists performing at New Performance Turku Festival can be found here:

Christian Etongo interviewed by Marcio Carvalho
Olivier Fokoua interviewed by Marcio Carvalho
Anthea Moys, interviewed by Marcio Carvalho
Diana Soria Hernandez, interviewed by Leena Kela
Gøril Wallin
, interviewed by Terese Longva & Kurt Johannessen


Project schedule:

Residency week in Turku, Finland 27.8.-2.9.2018
Performances in Stockholm, Sweden: PALS Festival 6.-9.9.2018
Performances in Bergen, Norway: Performance Art Bergen 14.-16.9.2018
Performances in Turku, Finland: New Performance Turku Festival 21.-23.9.2018

The project is funded by Nordisk Kulturkontakt, Nordisk Kulturfond, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Statens Kulturråd Sverige, Billedkunstnernes vederlagsfond, Bergen Kommune, Norsk Kulturråd

In collaboration with SAVVY Contemporary Berlin & RAVY Biennale Cameroon