REMIXING THE FUTURE
In Hakili – The Hare Theresa Traore Dahlberg takes as inception her grandmother, who was a master storyteller, and an enigmatic brass hare found in the collections. The sculpture originated from the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso where also Traore Dahlberg’s grandmother lived for a time. Hares and rabbits are common protagonists in African and African diaspora folktales. Mischievous, rebellious, but also vain and sometimes amoral, the hare is the trickster who, despite its small size, uses cunning to move and shake more powerful beings and, often to humorous effect, shape the outcome of the narrative.
Remixing the Future is an exhibition created by Diana Agunbiade-Kolawole, Andreas Nur, and Theresa Traore Dahlberg in collaboration with the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm, Sweden. In three separate works of art created in different mediums, the artists ask questions about style, memory, advertising, desire, colonialism, and family history. Through the aesthetics of the remix - to create something new from something old and make it their own - objects and photos from the museum's collections are placed in unexpected contexts, predicting different futures.
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