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“Fiction or Reality”

Fri Art

“Fiction or Reality” brought together three young artists whose distinct perspectives on identity, language, and memory complemented one another. Senam Okudzeto emphasized the unreliability of memory in the reconstruction of stories. Born in Chicago to an African American mother and Ghanaian father, the artist grew up in Nigeria and studied in London. The video The Dialectic of Jubilation, 2002–2003, juxtaposed scenes of village dances in Ghana with Okudzeto’s poignant attempts to teach people in Basel the same steps, the gaps in her faulty recollection filled in by invention. Projected on the tiles of a disused public toilet, the video reflected the artist’s own fragmented identity, whether as outsider in Switzerland or as a tourist behind the camera in her father’s village. Presented as a scattering of torn text fragments across the staircase wall, Blue Orange Tree, 2003, a story about

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