Illusions Vol. III, Antigone

Grada Kilomba
Illusions Vol. III, Antigone, 2019
Two channel video installation, sound, 54’ 35”, in loop.

In the poetic Illusions trilogy, we find the familiar stories of Narcissus and Echo, Oedipus, and Antigone in new versions. Grada Kilomba reworks the ancient Greek myths and stages them together with actors, combining performance, theatre, choreography, and music. Drawing inspiration from African oral traditions, she takes on the role of a contemporary Griot, a storyteller who lets the classic tales speak directly to current political issues. Kilomba's video installations deploy ancient dramas to highlight postcolonial issues of racism, gender oppression and violence. The work Illusions Vol. III, Antigone was produced for Bildmuseet in collaboration with the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.