Le fou postcolonial insane I

Guy Woueté

2020, 26:26 minutes, Colour, Ambient sound

TAPECODE 2045.08

This video tackled the body in the social milieu as a specific site where the insanity operates; if indeed insanity is considered to be something separate from the living as a whole. The mental illness and the dysfunction it generates, affects our mind and redefine the movements of our body and our relationship with the living around us. What are those movements? Is it fight? is it dance?

This video is part of a five-channel video installation title
Le Fou Postcolonial Insane.
The installation examines what it means to be insane in today’s postcolonial era. Three of the videos (
Le Fou Postcolonial Insane I, II, III) were shot in the charcoal and furniture markets in Lubumbashi (DRC), an important social meeting places. Two caracteres (psychoanalysts) explore the aspects and impacts of mental health on the individual and in the societies they live in. Woueté relates what they are saying to the city’s colonial memories/vestiges of mining extraction and its present-day inhabitants by intercutting their performances with street scenes filmed from a moving motorcycle.

The two other videos (
The Legacy of the Colonial Business I, II) are filmed in a reportage-like style. It featured an encounters where Woueté talks to Joseph Léonard Rohoyasimba, a Belgian professor living in The Congo, and to Marcel Yabili, a Congolese lawyer. Each has a different perspective on the colonial regime. These two caracteres gives us an insane tour into their subjectif reading of the colonial history of Africa/DRC. Woueté places their two accounts side by side: the supposed objectivity of written history versus the ‘other’ voices. How can we listen to these accounts? What opinion can we form for ourselves?

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