Africanus Okokon

Region: Northeast

 My work is an intimate investigation into how cultural, familial, ancestral, and personal memory is remembered, remediated, and forgotten. Working with painting, performance, film, video, animation, sound, assemblage, and collage as concurrent approaches, the work is concerned with loss, the assumed truth of the recorded document, and the moral function of memory.

I’m interested in the deterioration and disintegration of moving and still images as they relate to the future, the past, and the deterioration and disintegration of memory itself. I mine archives and collections, approaching them as nonhierarchical, non-authoritative, and incomplete time capsules. Thinking through print, moving, and recorded media as things with the potential to be haptic while holding time, I am also interested their potential to be transformed.