Her Name in My Mouth

Onyeka Igwe

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Courtesy of the artist; LUX, London; and argos, Brussels.

Staff Picks Her Name in My Mouth
Onyeka Igwe

6 Minutes

Staff Picks

July 1–31, 2023

Invoking a lineage of female ancestors through embodiment, gesture, and the archive, Her Name in My Mouth reimagines the Aba Women’s War, a major anti-colonial uprising in Nigeria.

The film is presented on e-flux Film alongside Specialised Technique (2018) for the July 2023 edition of Staff Picks featuring Onyeka Igwe. Both films are part of Onyeka Igwe’s trilogy No Dance, No Palaver (2017-2018, on view at the artist’s solo show at MoMA PS1 through August 21, 2023), which covers research into the Aba Women’s War of 1929. All of the films in this trilogy use the first major anti-colonial uprising in Nigeria as an entry point to experiment with colonial moving images relating to West Africa during the first half of the twentieth century. No Dance, No Palaver serves as an attempt to use critical proximity: being close to, with, or amongst the visual trauma of the colonial archive to transform the way in which we know the people it contains.

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Film, Colonialism & Imperialism, Feminism, Resistance
Africa, Experimental Film
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Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation, born and based in London, UK. Through her work, Onyeka is animated by the question—How do we live together?—with particular interest in how the sensorial, spatial, and noncanonical ways of knowing can provide answers to this question. Her works have been shown in the UK and internationally at film festivals and galleries. She was awarded the New Cinema Award at Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival 2019, the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film, and the 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize, and was nominated for the Jarman Award 2022.


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