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Biennial of Thought 2022

Dancing with Memory

An audiovisual performance by the artist Nzé Ramón Esono Ebalé

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The artist and activist Nzé Ramón Esono Ebalé presents an artistic intervention in which he engages with personal memories and that of his birthplace, Equatorial Guinea, in order to construct his critical reflections on the colonial past and its legacy today.

Inspired by the graphic novel Diez mil elefantes (Ten Thousand Elephants, Reservoir Books, 2022) and jointly conceived by the multidisciplinary artist Nzé Ramón Esono Ebalé and the journalist Pere Ortín, this session immerses us in a performance that mixes words, dance, song, and archive images in a journey through memory to Equatorial Guinea. With the dancer and singer Flor Ebendeng and the musician Oumar Ngom, Nzé Ramón Esono Ebalé invites us to explore ways of explaining the world, far from the words, gazes, and gestures that erase, hierarchise, and barbarise the other. How can we dismantle the colonial narrative that filters our perception of the world? Why not retell the world by imagining a future without privileged belongings or silenced voices?

Nzé Ramón Esono Ebalé is one of Equatorial Guinea’s best-known illustrators. He is co-author of works including the graphic novel La pesadilla de Obi, 2015 (self-published; Obi’s Nightmare), a satire on the human rights abuses and excesses of the country’s dictatorial regime, which led to his imprisonment in 2017.

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Dancing with Memory

An audiovisual performance

The artist and activist Nzé Ramón Esono Ebalé presents an artistic intervention in which he engages with personal memories and that of his birthplace, Equatorial Guinea, in order to construct his critical reflections on the colonial past and its legacy today.

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