MisTanzania (performance)

Newall, Amanda and Johansson, Ola (2010) MisTanzania (performance). [Film/Video]

Abstract

MisTanzania is an artwork by Amanda Newall, which has gone through several artistic and aesthetic mutations. In 2010 Newall performed the piece at Weld in Stockholm, Sweden with remote input by Ola Johansson who read East African poetry (projected on the wall of the performance space). Johansson has also written about MisTanzania in one article and one book chapter.

MisTanzania started out as a site-specific tableaux vivant in downtown Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), which allowed intercultural time, space, and objects to pass through the appearance of the artist. By instantiating the work outside a colonial property on Upanga Street, the found site-specific objects, make-up and clothes, which are authentic but not traditional, take effect as modifying factors of identity. One of many paradoxes is that the artist behaves like a Maasai il murran (guard) outside the guarded urban property but cannot be a warrior due to her gender. As the work is crafted and documented it comes alive with the gazes and comments from passer-bys, including curious Maasai men. The tableaux expresses an impossible proximity between site and character, and yet a possible way of making visible and thus seeing the intrasubjective fluctuations of contemporary identity in Tanzania. Hence if the proximities in the artwork are enacted in situ, the insecurities of it is in the eyes of the beholder – wherever you are.

Item Type: Film/Video
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Item ID: 10808
Depositing User: Ola Johansson
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2013 06:55
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 11:49
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10808

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