By unpacking Caravaggio’s, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1599, there is an opportunity to see the painting not only as a religious narrative, but as a visual representation of conflict and resistance to colonisation. This rendering makes the work significant, primarily by the expression of resistance through the prism of religion and this can also be extended to the political narratives and histories of colonial resistance. One such political narrative is the denial of African women's agency through their historical misrepresentation or erasure, as history and memory are constructed through a masculine prism. This practice can be referred to as ethnographic refusal: a process that denies a people their agency through historical and textual misrepresentation; and such a refusal results in erasure. This presents a fundamental challenge: how does one imagine colonial futures that redress this ethnographic refusal and its consequences?
There will be a screening of WE LIVE IN SILENCE with a live soundtrack by M.anifest and band as part of the evening programme (Day 1, 10:15pm).