Project Description

Wanja Kimani

Venus and I (II) (2019)

Film

Part of a two-piece work that draws upon Saidiya Hartman’s ‘Venus in Two Acts’. The text reflects on Venus, an enslaved black woman and her simultaneous presence and absence in the archive of Atlantic slavery.

Venus and I (II), reflects on the silent violence of the archive where names are censored by virtue of power, and interweaves her story to one in the present day, examining how patriarchal and capitalist structures in society perpetuate unequal power relations.