Boda Boda Lounge Project: On Censorship

In 2014 I participated in the Boda Boda cross-continental Video Art Festival. Taking place in over 15 spaces throughout the African continent (including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde and Uganda) the festival included a video extract from my current project entitled Banned, which uses video footage appropriated from films censored during apartheid. In two of the participating countries namely Uganda and Zimbabwe, both of which have stringent anti homosexual laws, there were issues around some of the content of the work. This led to the work being censored outright in Zimbabwe and eventually shown in Uganda despite tensions around this decision.

As part of the Boda Boda Lounge project publication I wrote a response to this incident in a section called On Censorship, accompanied by essays from Alex Lyons and Mthabisi Phili. The publication also features contributions by Portia Malatjie, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Euridice Kala, Jude Anogwih, Ezra Hube, Erick Musimanje, Molemo Moiloa, Shehab Awad, Elizabeth Giorgis and Patrick Mudekereza.

The complete publication can be found here.