Photo: Jacek Smolicki
The trilogy: Kalunga Unspoken; Kalunga Entities; Kalunga Extended are the unfolding process of the meanings of the word Kalunga.
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Kalunga. the water archive. the earth archive. systems of communication. places of transition. states of becoming.
The performances Kalunga are inspired by the symbology of the word Kalunga, present in the Bakongo Cosmogram (Dikenga). Kalunga is a word from the Bantu languages (an ethno-linguistic group located mainly in sub-Saharan Africa) which means the sea, as well as the burial grounds. The cosmogram is a representation of a life path, between the human and spiritual worlds. The Dikenga cosmogram is present in many Afro-Brazilians traditions as well and is incorporated as a cosmovision of the world.
The concept is to update the meaning of the word Kalunga in now days in relation with the transatlantic slavery history and the Afro – Diaspora that results from this journey throughout the sea.
Reflecting on the notion of being and belonging throughout the Black Atlantic history. It is a new path, a new journey inside of the history, the traces, the legacy of memories and archives that still alive above everything that have been silence concerning the slavery history.
These archives are dynamic and they are operating on multiple perspectives of time, coexistence, resistance, and permanence. Through adapting, overlapping and re – creating manifold contexts.
Our body – memory carries those archives and express them in culture, symbols, philosophy and way of living.
Concept/Creation by Luanda Carneiro Jacoel