Heroines, Birds and Monsters series, Sphinx Act I

Grada Kilomba
Heroines, Birds and Monsters series, Sphinx Act I, 2020
Archival pigment print on cotton paper mounted on aluDibond

“What if history has not been told properly? What if only some of its characters have been revealed as part of the narrative? And what if our history is haunted by cyclical vi- olence precisely because it has not been buried properly?” Grada Kilomba asks. In her new series of photographic works Heroines, Birds and Monsters (2020), Kilomba carefully captures the complexities of the characters in her video trilogy A World of Illusions (2019); a series of filmic installations in which the artist brings the African oral tradition of storytelling into a contemporary context to illuminate memories and realities of the postcolonial world.