We are creating a performed multimedia installation – theater, dance, photography, A/V – to provoke viewers to question their concepts of truth in documentary storytelling and their assumptions about Africa. The piece plays with the idea of reanimating the social media conversation, stripping away the shallowness and anonymity of online exchange, and reinvigorating Everyday Africa pictures with the complex stories of the people who took the pictures, the people in the pictures, and the people viewing the pictures.
Thus far, we have held two theater workshops, in New York in 2016 and Nairobi in 2017, to experiment with the material. Both have resulted in one-off performances for test audiences.
Collaborators: Mayaa Boateng, Adam Chienjo, Shayok Misha Chowdhury, Vickie Curtis, Peter DiCampo, Bill Green, Kineta Kunutu, Austin Merrill, Fridah Muhindi, Sylviah Namusasi, Nick Ndeda, Elsaphan Njora, Imani Roach, Phumzile Sitole, Lindsay Tanner
Many thanks to PhotoWings and Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project for supporting our work on this project.