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A Therapeutic Townhall Meeting: Healing the Museum

Grace Ndiritu

France, United Kingdom, 2016
7 minutes, 01 seconds, Colour, 5.1 Surround, 4:3
Original format: HD video
Available formats: SD Video / HD Video / / / HD Digital file

A Therapeutic Townhall Meeting: Healing the Museum (2016)Les Laboratoires d’AubervillierParisFor this documentation film of her new shamanic performance, Ndiritu invites both participants (actors) and audience members (spectators) to take part in A Therapeutic Townhall Meeting. Inspired by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) meetings which took place in South Africa, which were broadcast on live television as series of 96 episodes beginning in 1996 at the end of apartheid. By allowing both actors (victims) and spectators (persecutors) to meet each other on an equal platform, a normally polarized and politically charged dynamic between the two groups is nullified and a balance of power achieved, putting society and its fragmentation of the collective mind, currently being enacted through the destruction of the environment, mass human migration and global terrorism – rather than individuals, on trial.

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