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You Will Always Be With Me II, film 2021

John Akomfrah’s iconic 1985 film “Last angel of history’ that references speculative futures and Afro futurism showed me the next steps in developing my theme. Further scholarship by Arman Avanessian and Mahan Moalemi in their paper ‘Ethnofuturisms’ helped solidify the thinking behind my performance film. I use the body in masquerade, the body that refuses to be recognised, refuses categorisation. I unravel scenes from invented futures at the same time allude to ancestors, forms of divinity and monstrosity. I am also referencing both south Asian iconography and Goddess cults and asserting my femininity as a member of the black diasporic community. What does it mean to foreground a geo cosmic fiction for the after worlds that will arrive? This is a psychological invocation of the borderland, a place created by emotional residue, of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition, the prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants. The film is a collage of different scenes, cut up and staccato, (much like the mirrored cut-outs) with a prophetic and poetic narrative going through the length of the film. Music for this film was composed in collaboration with the theme and mood in mind.

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