The Saint-Étienne-based artist explores categories and labels through their deconstruction, in Persona’s journey telling of cycles, circulation and entanglement. In seeking permeations between temporalities, histories, hybrid (and sometimes monstrous) bodies and geographies made up with fragments of known and unknown, Ntjam’s character of Persona is subtly inhabited by memories and narratives from her ancestors’ fight for Cameroon’s independence. Reworking History from unofficial, personal and embodied stories, some of which have been silenced and sidelined, the artist mends historical legacy by integrating repressed voices and accounts, gathering fiction, memories, dreams, reality, myths, artificiality and orality, which is strongly linked to sound, vibrations and words under perpetual reconfiguration.
Written and directed by Josèfa Ntjam, in collaboration with Sean Hart and Nicolas Pirus
Co-produced with Aquatic Invasion Production and Palais de Tokyo, Paris