I’LL SING FOR YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE (HYMNS)
video
(2020)
I’ll sing for you when you leave (hymns) is an ode to those that leaves us.
Through a wondering in the deepest parts of the Bassa countryside of Cameroon, Lobe or the Bimbia Slave trade site, this video explores the im/materiality of landscapes and its spiritual components, and interrogates family ties and rituals during the burial of a love one. Maybe, when someone dies, they start growing again as trees or waterfalls in abundance.

Two-Channel Video.


Word from the artist:

“In August 2014, I went to Cameroon to bury a member of my family in my mother's native village.
I decided to document this mourning, from Ngobilo to Bimbia, where the remains of an old slave port reside.
By filming my wanderings in the forest - where my ancestors are buried - the waterfalls and the beaches bordering the Atlantic, as well as the choir of the village singing 'Ligwe Li Yesu / Malo ma Bakeke' (translated from the Bassa language by 'The Birth of Jesus / The arrival of the Three Kings'), I noted the funeral rites and wondered about my position and my experiences during this period of mourning.
By finding these images again and editing them during confinement, alone in the midst of a social and health crisis, I began to put words and thoughts around these landscapes.
I began to tell of a funeral march made of burial and the absence of burials, made of aquamations, made of cuts... made of singing ancestors in the forms of trees and regenerating waters." - Anna Tje












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