In this work for the notebook I made a photo collage where I subsequently concealed some pages with drawings of face-like characters or images on newspaper cuttings. Therefore, when looking through the pages of the notebook, one has to flip the top image in order to view what is hiding under. There are short poems incorporating some of the images, too. Basically, I developed an interest in capturing on camera the daily performative tendencies of my family and myself, from which I printed a range of images on related subject matters. By using this same method I was intending to achieve a variety of expressions to convey beauty in the simplest form rather than using only a single image, as opposed to the usual case concerning photography. I was intrigued by the subtle gestures that were natural but necessary to the moment and with no real staging at all.
Sometimes I did outdoor performances while I had someone taking photographs. This allowed me time to play with movements, postures and light but also gave me an opportunity to explore the physical relationship between my own body as an object and both private and public spaces.
(Lusaka, Zambia 1971) Lives and works in Lusaka, Zambia and Helsinki, Finland
I developed an interest in art since I was a child and took an apprenticeship course in Sculpture at the Rockston Studio in Lusaka from 1994-97. My artistic production currently ranges from performances to site-specific installations, environmental works and sculpture. I frequently make use of specific materials and experiment with them in a form of installation, conversation, written text and performance. I call this “the unlimited investigation of the NOW”, a process through which I formulate a ‘visual language’ that depicts and interprets the various social and cultural meanings.