Chapter B: I, too
Performance 3 of 3 (please begin reading from here before continuing)
I hoped to go to all 3 events but unfortunately missed her last performance... I got hit with a fever the same day.
I did find a podcast that features a short interview with Kukama herself where her last performance is briefly described. Kukama reads out stories from a long scroll which firstly engages with, most directly, the local political situation and the recent impeachment of Rousseff. She continues on telling other stories from around the world, revealing recurrence and repetition through a list format. The cyclicality of histories occurring around the world suggests that, in Kukama’s own words “the ending is impossible to arrive at.” Kukama’s book allows us to consider larger historical narratives and adopt them as our own. Through her work she creates a space for collective understanding. Kukama abstracts a specific history just enough so that it does not only apply to one individual but instead is opened up to multiple interpretations.