Onyeka Igwe & Christelle Oyiri. Film Screenings & Artist Talk


Practical information

Echoes in English
Reservation required
5 €, free admission with performance ticket or Echoes Pass

Event overview

Film screening: the names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered by Onyeka Igwe

Film screening with Sound Performance: Collective Amnesia: In Memory of Logobi by Christelle Oyiri

Followed by Artist Talk: Christelle Oyiri and Onyeka Igwe with curators Sarah Theurer and Elena Setzer

Onyeka Igwe

Onyeka Igwe is an artist who uses the medium of film to investigate sensory forms of historiography, knowledge production, and storytelling. Her research approaches colonial image and film archives through the filter of her own Nigerian- British identity. Through video montage, essayistic voice-over, embodiment, and sound, Igwe dissects the dominant, linear narratives of these archives while fanning out complex, historical overlays from an autofictional perspective. 

the names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered (2019) weaves together four different narratives, each with a different materiality and temporality, based on the nebulous story of Igwe‘s grandfather: There is the flickering 1990s video footage of a Nollywood adaptation of the first Igbo novel, Omuneko (1933), in which Igwe‘s grandfather appears as a minor character in conflict over a trader who sold his apprentices into slavery after losing his goods; there are the intimate conversations with her father about this unknown family patriarch; a Nigerian folktale about two separated brothers, which Igwe illustrates through found black-and-white ethnographic footage; and Igwe’s own audiovisual journal, commenting a research trip to her ancestral hometown. The various fragments are held together by an almost supratemporal performance in which Igwe and dancer Titilayo Adebayo embody the various narrative strands through theatrical movement patterns and gestures. 

In this filmic assemblage, Igwe develops a multiply fragmented history of origin that examines diasporic experiences of distance and closeness as well as the relationship between fiction and factuality in the writing of history and memory.

Christelle Oyiri

Christelle Oyiri’s practice as a musician and DJ serves as an entry point to her research and wider practice combining performance art, installation, and videography. Her work playfully highlights forgotten mythologies, the subtle interstice between memory and alienation, DIY culture and technology, geopolitics, and family ties.

Oyiri’s work will be presented within Haus der Kunst’s new live exhibition program Echoes. There will be a screening of her video work Collective Amnesia: In Memory of Logobi (2018), in which she tackles the subjects of club culture, colonial alienation, and alternative temporalities, with which she will perform a live score. Inspired by Cybernetic Club Research Unit’s Kodwo Eshun work on Afrofuturism and music, this multidisciplinary performance mixing film and DJing, and traditional vocal performance of griology, a West African practice of storytelling, celebrates the forgotten history of logobi, an urban Afro-French dance from the mid-00s merging hardcore techno and coupé décalé.

With a Christelle Oyiri (Crystallmess) sound performance ticket, you have free admission to the film screenings & Artist Talk. Without a performance ticket, a ticket for the film screenings & artist talk is 5 € at the box office.

Free entrance to the event with the Echoes-Pass, which you can pick up at the HDK box office by presenting your Pass ticket. Please, come timely to your first visit to Echoes to receive your pass.