The Monument of Apologies

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Donna Kukama



Collection: Courtesy of the artist.

The Monument of Apologies (2015) is closely related to Belgium’s African present and past. The performance takes place in the Matonge area of Brussels, a focal point for the country’s large Congolese expatriate community. In the video, we see Kukama maneuvering a roller bag (this time it is black) through its streets. Only she is moving forward; everyone else – everything else – is moving backward. In the postcard, we see her covering her face with a black scarf. It is as if Kukama is appropriating the very European notion of black as the colour of mournful commemoration.

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