Cu­ra­tor’s pick

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I asked An­golan cu­ra­tor Paula Nasci­mento, who re­leased a mag­i­cal book look­ing at the mod­ernist cin­e­mas of An­gola last year, to pick one cen­tral work in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“It is dif­fi­cult for me to choose only one piece, but if I had to, I’d choose New Words for Min­delo’s Ur­ban Cre­ole by Irineu Des­tourelles.”

It is a min­i­mal yet ex­tremely com­plex piece that uses lan­guage as a tool to ex­plore and de­con­struct the com­plex­i­ties of iden­tity and so­cial be­hav­iours in colonised coun­tries, as well as its role in the cre­ation of new nar­ra­tives. The artist cre­ates def­i­ni­tions for in­vented/imag­ined words for the cre­ole of the city of Min­delo in Cape Verde, a place that has been through a process of change and adap­ta­tion to democ­racy and to the pro­cesses of mod­ern glob­al­i­sa­tion. The piece re­veals the am­biva­lence of those pro­cesses of adap­ta­tion and trans­for­ma­tion by cre­at­ing a vo­cab­u­lary for a set of so­cial be­hav­iours ex­ist­ing in the cre­ole cul­ture but in­her­ited from its colo­nial past.

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