NOT YET (and nobody knows why not)

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Donna Kukama

2009

Video, 00:04:56.
Materials: Video

Collection: Courtesy of the artist and Blank Projects, Cape Town and M HKA, Donation of the artist, 2014 (Inv. no. S0496).

Donna Kukama is standing in an open field in Nairobi as participants are leaving a meeting celebrating Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising against its British colonisers in the fifties. At first it appears that she is putting on lipstick, which may or may not be signalling respect for the elderly passers-by. But gradually, as she paints outside the accepted area, her whole face becomes blood red, and the retiring freedom fighters may read this as allegory, or even illustration, shedding light on their mostly unfulfilled political expectations. (AK)

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