New heroes are born. They are made. A boy runs through Berlin, he jumps. Hopping from one white context into the next, he flees through the city. Suddenly the boy stands still, rooted to the spot. He stares at the shop window. On display at the city library, is a photo of Dumas, the author of all the thrilling heroic stories, the dreamlike counter concepts to the hopeless violence of everyday life. Alexandre Dumas, the creator of rich worlds full of equal battles and victories, full of solidarity and dignity, is Black just like the boy.
Heroes are created through brave individuals, through the media and corporations, through political groups. The ubiquitous heroes are usually the fake ones. Black Lives Matter has overturned monuments of memories and created its own iconic images, in order to shape the future. The fight for representation is a fight for memory and for future-oriented role models. The fascination for the musketeers and for the Count of Monte Christo saves the boy. And us?
Dominant discourses prevent a deed from becoming a heroic deed and the doer from becoming a black role model. Directed by Atif Mohammed Nor Hussein, the performers Maya Alban-Zapata, Amina Eisner, Lamin Leroy Gibba and Aloysius Itoka survey the resulting void – based on a text by Amina Eisner and Atif Mohammed Nor Hussein. The vacuum in our culture gives birth to monsters. Courageux! Furchtlos! The intention is to fill it with stories, with self-determined stories.
18. Okt. 2022
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