Performances by: Ras Mtapa, Royalty by Black, Dula Wetu, Wyre, Earth Zone Band and Gravitti Band
Ciné-concert: ‘A Million Things | Rouch 100’ with Pedro Pinto & Tiago Corria-Paulo, Apr. 28 2017 @ Alliance Française Auditorium
‘A Million Things | Rouch 100’ with Pedro Pinto & Tiago Corria-Paulo
On the occasion of the centenary of the birth of Jean Rouch, universally-acclaimed French filmmaker, anthropologist and explorer, Pedro Silva Pinto and Tiago Corria-Paulo, Mozambican musicians, present a cine-concert around the cinematographic works of Jean Rouch, the force behind the cinéma-vérité movement of the 20th century.
The point of departure of this audio and visual experience is footage from Jean Rouch’s ethnographic films. It is complemented by a researched musical narration by the two musicians that draws the viewer into an all immersive experience. The ciné-concert is a tribute to the visual anthropology of Africa documented by this respected filmmaker over a period of 50 years.
Ciné-café: Ethnographic Films — contrasting Jean Rouch’s pioneering work with Dennis Machio’s ethno-documentary, Apr. 26 2017 @ Alliance Francaise
Ethnographic Films: Past and Present Approaches – contrasting Jean Rouch’s pioneering work with Dennis Machio’s ethno-documentary
‘Screening of the anthropological classic ‘The Mad Masters’ (Les Maïtres Fous) by Jean Rouch and the ethno-documentary ‘Lukumbe’ by the Kenyan filmmaker Dennis Machio. By juxtaposing two ethnographic films, one from the mid-20th century and another from this decade, Chloé Josse Durand, researcher in social sciene and Deputy Director at the French Institute for Research in Africa, together with Dennis Machio, documenatary film maker and graduate of the Mohamed Amin Foundation Film School, will discuss the contrasting approaches to visual anthropology in two very different eras.
‘The Mad Masters’ is a controversial yet most widely celebrated work by the French filmmaker and anthropologist, Jean Rouch. The film documents the Ghanaian Hauka cult, whose members convened to enter a trance-like state and become possessed of the spirits of their colonial officials – the true ‘mad masters’ of the film’s title.
‘Lukembe’ (Knife) documents the traditional rite of passage from childhood to adulthood in the Bukusu community. The Bukusu is one of the sub-tribes of the Luhya community. The Bukusu’s circumcise their boys between the ages of 12 -16 in August every after 2 years.
Exhibition Ends: 23 May 2017
About the Exhibition
Born in 1976 in Kenya, Okello studied art at the Buru Buru Institute of Fine Art and then went on to work at his chosen profession as a resident at the Kuona Trust in 2004.
Success came early with his allegorical works being bought by major collectors Robert Loder and Robert Devereux. These pieces depicted various mythologies from both the Luo and Kikuyu tribes, using animals as the central characters. The highly acclaimed ‘Masquerade series’ followed. Two works from that series sold for considerable sums both at the Bonhams Art Auction in London and the Circle Art Auction at home.
In addition to exhibitions in Kenya, India and France, Okello has exhibited in ‘Pop up Africa – One Off Gallery, Kenya’ at the Gallery of African Art in Cork Street, London in 2014.
This February his work was on show at the Heong Gallery, at Downing College, Cambridge in a group show of some of Robert Devereux’s collection titled ‘When the heavens meet the earth’. As Okellos star rises, he does indeed look to be fulfilling the prophesy of being one of the most important artists of his generation.
Robert Devereux says that whilst his ‘work appears quite traditional, he is in fact a deeply conceptual artist’ who ‘has a fierce but quiet passion for his vocation and has managed to remain uncompromisingly himself, despite the influence of the western hegemony.’