How Tables Came to Umu Madu

How tables came to Umu Madu
14″ loop
HD-video Cinemascope
5.1 Surround sound
2007

In this video installation, we see Cardinal Mbiyo Chui of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church telling the story of “How Tables Came to Umu Madu” by Nigerian author Theoben Obikaram Echewa. The story speaks of what happened to Africa when the Europeans came. The story is improvised following the tradition of African storytelling.

The piece was commissioned for the 2007 Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

Shown at the Gothenburg Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2007

Curators: Edi Muka & Joa Ljungberg

Cinematography: Mats Hjelm & Annika Busch

Sound: Claes Herrlander & Mats Hjelm

Editing: Mats Hjelm & Annika Busch

Participant: Cardinal Mbiyo Chui of the Pan African Orthodox Christian Church

Thanks to: Herrlander Pictures, Swedish Film Institute and Swedish Television SVT

 

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