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on some level the effects of racialisation on the psyche of African and African descendant people. In the solo at House for An Art Lover, The Divine Sky, my selected colour is blue. I’m really interested in the ancient indigo dyeing processes across West Africa. There are 12 stages in the indigo dyeing process of Mali and the darkest blues that can be produced are called The Divine Sky. I’ve been researching the work of multi-disciplinary artist and designer Aboubakar Fonana who also sees his work as a form of spiritual practice and has inspired the title of the show. KL: What is the motivation behind the concept? SM: I think that we often subconsciously hold within us certain stories. These stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves become our ‘origin stories’ which in turn often become our core beliefs that form an idea of who we are. I think that as artists we have the space to consciously create new narratives that can potentially catalyse a process of healing.
KL: The process of decolonising ourselves is part of the healing process, isn’t it? We have to unlearn what we were told then reclaim what was ours and keep practicing it until it became ours. SM: Yes but I would say that it was always ours to begin with. There was never a point during the history of the transatlantic slave trade and colonial period that people didn’t ﬁ ght for their autonomy and emancipation. We just don’t get taught about all of the revolts and resistance
movements. It’s in the process of acquiring more accurate information that we decolonise ourselves. KL: Speaking of which, I see a lot of photographic work of yours but which art form would you say is most important in your practice? SM: I would say I am a multi-disciplinary artist. I utilise photography and performance in my practice for the most part but my photography work could be described as painterly, so for me painting is always an important source of inspiration and a reference point in my work. I’m a painter at heart.
KL: I see. Besides Gi2020, what’s your upcoming plan/project? SM: I have just come back from Brazil where I produced a project supported by the British Council in partnership with Creative Scotland. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities to travel back to Brazil or elsewhere in South America so I can continue with my research. I actually have another solo upcoming but I can’t really say much about it at the moment.
KL: Oh! Lets keep it there then. Thank you so much for your time with me today, Sekai. SM: Thank you for having me and I can’t wait for our show!
The Divine Sky, House for an Art Lover, Glasgow, Fri 24 Apr–Sun 10 May; Body of Land, Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow, Sat 25 Apr–Sun 28 Jun.
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Sekai Machache (Invocation) left, (Kin) above 1 Feb–31 Mar 2020 THE LIST 109