#RIPMOLAUDI 2020

Mo Laudi #RIPMoLaudi, 2020 Digital collage, color, sound, 1min Courtesy of the artist The year is 2099 Another documentary of slain black bodies Lullaby of a freedom fighter Will this be how I die Just another hashTAG Diaspora SOS the…

#RIPMOLAUDI 2020

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Mo Laudi
#RIPMoLaudi, 2020
Digital collage, color, sound, 1min
Courtesy of the artist

The year is 2099
Another documentary of slain black bodies
Lullaby of a freedom fighter
Will this be how I die
Just another hashTAG
Diaspora SOS the motherland

The stress compressed
Social media scrolls
Nunorm reality déjavu
Stanza Bopape in the Komati river
Emmett Till’s corpse in Tallahatchie

Truth and fiction dance
Hashtags and slogans
Archives of tragedies
Dismantling trauma
#ExfoliateToxicSystems

Who will cry
Will my life have mattered
Will black bodies matter
What would have changed
Erased, deleted from the future
Stuck in a time loop???

There is something wrong with the system. I was moved to tears finding out about Ahmaud Arbery, Joao Pedro Yet another instance of police killing an unarmed black men. It reminded me of apartheid days in South Africa when black bodies were constantly executed. Our reality was systematic brutality. And now George Floyd… not being able to breathe took me back to Eric Garner and so many other horror stories.

In this fictional work – a short edited collage of found and personal footage – I am killed by the police in the future. This connects a protest and a tribute to all those shot while going about their daily peaceful lives as well as to those fighting for our freedom in South Africa, the US and all diasporas.

In the sound work I created, the 808 Sub Bass is a shout-out to Hip Hop, a 1970s arpeggiator meets soothing cellos. The multivocal tone singing I perform is reminiscent of a choir at political funerals: each vocal range comes out of a different speaker creating a surround sound effect. It is through participatory singing that the collective healing effect happens, like a lullaby with the calming effect needed after struggle.

credits
directed by Mo Laudi
Composed by Mo Laudi
Vocals by Mo Laudi
edited by Mo Laudi
contains clips from, #newsclips, #YouTube, #instagram, #EmmettTill #weonlykillblackpeople #NelsonMandelaspeech, #MalcomX , #RodneyKing beatings, Nelson Mandela’s first TV interview in 1961 by ITN reporter Brian Widlake, #RobertSebukwe #futuretensecall

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