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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/577079
Title:
Mourning and melancholia at the Harare International Festival of the Arts
Authors:
Piotrowska, Agnieszka
Abstract:
This article has a twofold purpose: first, I look at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) as a site of mourning and melancholia – to use the phrase that was first used by Sigmund Freud in his seminal paper and which was reformulated more recently by a postcolonial scholar Ranjana Khanna. I suggest that unconscious mechanisms, which are expressions of loss on the part of both black and white Zimbabweans, are acted out in the festival. In particular, on the part of white Zimbabweans it might be an expression of the so-called ‘white alienation’ experienced after the loss of domination. Second, I also look at assertions of a feminist academic, Sara Ahmed, who claims in her book Embodied Strangers that it is difficult, if at all possible, to circumvent the embodied and cultural context of an encounter between a representative of a western culture and the Other. I present a case study of the opening show at HIFA 2011, which seems to confirm this theory. However, I also suggest that it might be possible to subvert this expected narrative through a Winnicottian notion of a space for creativity and play. I look at two different examples of such encounters and cite the poem by Charmaine Mujeri in which she describes her hybrid identity.
Citation:
Piotrowska, A (2014) 'Mourning and melancholia at the Harare International Festival of the Arts'. Journal of African Media Studies 6 (1) pp. 111-130
Publisher:
Intellect
Journal:
Journal of African Media Studies
Issue Date:
1-Mar-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10547/577079
DOI:
10.1386/jams.6.1.111_1
Additional Links:
http://openurl.ingenta.com/content/xref?genre=article&issn=2040-199X&volume=6&issue=1&spage=111
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2040-199X; 1751-7974
Appears in Collections:
Screen and Script: cross-media practices

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dc.contributor.authorPiotrowska, Agnieszkaen
dc.date.accessioned2015-09-10T13:01:15Zen
dc.date.available2015-09-10T13:01:15Zen
dc.date.issued2014-03-01en
dc.identifier.citationPiotrowska, A (2014) 'Mourning and melancholia at the Harare International Festival of the Arts'. Journal of African Media Studies 6 (1) pp. 111-130en
dc.identifier.issn2040-199Xen
dc.identifier.issn1751-7974en
dc.identifier.doi10.1386/jams.6.1.111_1en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/577079en
dc.description.abstractThis article has a twofold purpose: first, I look at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) as a site of mourning and melancholia – to use the phrase that was first used by Sigmund Freud in his seminal paper and which was reformulated more recently by a postcolonial scholar Ranjana Khanna. I suggest that unconscious mechanisms, which are expressions of loss on the part of both black and white Zimbabweans, are acted out in the festival. In particular, on the part of white Zimbabweans it might be an expression of the so-called ‘white alienation’ experienced after the loss of domination. Second, I also look at assertions of a feminist academic, Sara Ahmed, who claims in her book Embodied Strangers that it is difficult, if at all possible, to circumvent the embodied and cultural context of an encounter between a representative of a western culture and the Other. I present a case study of the opening show at HIFA 2011, which seems to confirm this theory. However, I also suggest that it might be possible to subvert this expected narrative through a Winnicottian notion of a space for creativity and play. I look at two different examples of such encounters and cite the poem by Charmaine Mujeri in which she describes her hybrid identity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIntellecten
dc.relation.urlhttp://openurl.ingenta.com/content/xref?genre=article&issn=2040-199X&volume=6&issue=1&spage=111en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Journal of African Media Studiesen
dc.subjectZimbabween
dc.subject(post) and (de)-colonial discourseen
dc.subjectembodimenten
dc.subjectpsychoanalysisen
dc.subjecttricksteren
dc.subjectmourningen
dc.subjectmelancholiaen
dc.subjectmelancholyen
dc.titleMourning and melancholia at the Harare International Festival of the Artsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of African Media Studiesen
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