UHURU
stamp, genealogy, anatomy

Solo exhibition curated by Daniel Grúň
at tranzit.sk, Beskydská 12
Bratislava
March 26, 2015
May 16, 2015

Uhuru is the Swahili word for freedom (freedom for the use of the land).
The same word is promounced Uhulu in Makonde language. Following the Liberation Movements in Mozambique and with the raise of nationalism, the word took on a new sonority, assuming its full meaning for Independence (nacional independence).

Stamp, Geneology, Anatomy, refers to different figurative frames invested in the shaping of Independence imagery.

This exhibition displays a set of artistic, literary, pedagogical and film productions taken from Mozambique history revealing how “revolution” is less depending of radical rupture than in the reshaping of knowledge strategies and transmission.

Repetition as a way for change is the common ground that feeds each of the elements of this exhibition.


1st room
Effects of Wording (30’ 2014), repetition as disciplinary order applied in radical pedagogy processes - but also in the economy of any cognitive mode.

2nd room
Mueda 1979 (11’, 2013), repetition as in reenactment of traumatic events of the past, interpreted both within oral cultural transmission and cinematic language.

In a third room, this idea of repetition is then incorporated as an act of display. Documents related to specific content of the Uruhu book enact the process where repetition introduces difference in repeating. The three references mentionned in the book related with Jean Rouch's, Jean-Luc Godard's and Ruy Guerra's pedagogic experience in Mozambique, are understood by this process: an ideological commutator (Rouch's Super 8 camera with a two soundtrack function), one of semantics ('report-relation' in Godard's report) and the visibility-invisibility dyad (prompted by an imperfect match cut in Guerra's film).

wall /window

STAMP 1 Mint stamp from Mozambique, Correios 1980, 20 years anniversary of Mueda Massacre.
STAMP 2 Diaporama of 7 images


board: genealogy, anatomy

CADA DIA Each day
in Jean Rouch (1978) Histoire des seize films realisés de Juin a Septembre 1978 dans le cadre des Ateliers Super 8 de l'Université de Maputo au Mozambique

TEM has
in Jean Rouch (1978) Histoire des seize films realizés de Juin a Septembre 1978 dans le cadre des Ateliers Super 8 de l'Université de Maputo au Mozambique

A SUA HISTÓRIA its own history
in Jean Rouch (1978) Histoire des seize films realisés de Juin a Septembre 1978 dans le cadre des Ateliers Super 8 de l'Université de Maputo au Mozambique

L’ IMAGE ET SON SECRET  The image and its secret
in Jean-Luc Godard (1978) Rapport sur le voyage nº 2B de la société SONIMAGE au Mozambique, Maputo: Ministério da Informação.

L’ IMAGE ET SON SECRET  The image and sound
in Jean-Luc Godard (May 1979) ‘Rapports sur le voyage no. 2A’, Cahier du Cinema, (nº 300)

HOW MANY TIMES WILL THEY RIP OFF HER HEADSCARF One, Two, Three, Four

Serie of 28 screen shots taken from Mueda, Memory and Massacre (photografic paper 20x15cm)



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