A History of Grief, 2016

A History of Grief brings the theme of grief in relation to the communal body to another level. In this performance the audience is confronted with the violence of colonial words and how a bureaucratic system de-humanizes blak bodies. I was inspired by the stories of queen Nzinga, Carlotta Lokumi and Marie Joseph Angelique. Freedom fighters in the 18th century whose bodies were destroyed and their stories eliminated from our memories.
During the performance I position myself on hand and knees while reading the final verdict of Marie Joseph Angelique who was falsely accused of setting fire to her master’s house. While reading I invite a member of the audience to sit on my back facing the audience.” – Patricia Kaersenhout