Grada Kilomba
ILLUSIONS Vol. II, OEDIPUS

Rampa, Porto, Portugal

24 May - 16 June 2019
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Forming part of the video programme Lost Lover at Rampa, Porto was video installation Illusions Vol. II, Oedipus (2018), by Grada Kilomba.

Playing with the illusion of a two-layered scenario, Grada Kilomba created a silent film in which the characters move inside a white space while the artist, outside, gives voice to the images and becomes a contemporary 'Griot', complete with post-colonial urgency. "Sometimes, I feel that I live a space of timelessness," the artist narrates, "in a space where past and present seem to coincide.” llusions Vol. II, Oedipus (2018), which was commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennale and is the second part of her Illusions series, which revisits Greek mythology using the African oral tradition of storytelling. In Illusions Vol. II, Oedipus, Thulile Gamedze writes, Kilomba "extends the trajectory of her Illusions series – which began in 2016 with the story of Narcissus and Echo – by presenting an iteration dedicated to the myth of Oedipus, which explores the fatal tensions between a father and son doomed to tragedy. Using film and music combined with oral storytelling traditions, Kilomba uses the topics of loyalty and the politics of violence to consider the role that destiny can play for those embedded within a system of reproductive and cyclical oppression."


Courtesy Grada Kilomba © + Goodman Gallery


Image credits: © Grada Kilomba, Rampa, Porto 
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