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My Blood Self: Civilizations ( Part 1 )

Grace Ndiritu

UK, 2006 - 2007
8 minutes, Colour, sound
Available formats: DVD / Digibeta tape / SD Digital file

My Blood Self is a new body of work based on the idea of an editorial fashion shoot that references imagery of genocide and substandard poverty, juxtaposed with historical images from the Egyptian and Mesoamerica civilizations.

This piece juxtaposes current sociopolitical problems in Africa with the great civilization of the Egyptians. It highlights Africa’s decline through history from a continent of wealth, knowledge, power and higher learning to a place currently experiencing mass sociopolitical upheavals and conflicts. It is also a metaphor for the Africa rising from the dead and being reborn again and can be seen within the context of Afrofuturism and the music of Sun Ra.