Skip to navigation Skip to main content

Cassi Namoda in conversation with Diana Campbell

Filmed in Brussels, the artist discusses her exhibition Tropical Depression.

This video was made in accordance with the exhibition Tropical Depression at Xavier Hufkens. For Namoda’s generation, the colonial past is something that can only be accessed through words, testimonies and images. And yet its impact is immense and all pervasive. This duality — between past and present, colonialism and post-colonialism, Africa and Europe, spiritual traditions and a globalised world — is a latent force in her latest works, which not only seek out visual metaphors for this turbulent period in Mozambican history but also a means of articulating and processing its legacy.

Cassi Namoda: “This is also a show about relational trauma. There is a lot of engagement with a sort of discomfort in the human body language. That was something I was exploring through lapses of time and colour as an emotional embodiment.”