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Featuring Cephas Mbahi ‘Life’, Kester Messan ‘SAY YES’, Rui Janga ‘Untitled’’ and Rodrigo Valverde ‘Death’
For 404 - US independent conceptual art Magazine


[...] Aesthetically Concerned [...] 


Transnational encounter between five artists in global Africa dissecting experiences of bodies that through western operations are classified as Black, male and somewhat peripheric; Leeds, Huddersfield, Boston, Rio do Mouro and Hatfield each artist reflects on the nature of their bodies in these cities;

The collection of works is contemplating ways in which 
these identities navigate alongside colonial monuments in actual times - How we navigate in grounds that marginalise our humanity. Looking through citizenship, rights and epistemicide; Do we trace or contradict colonial patterns?
Aesthetically Concerned  broadcasts interrogatory approaches to colonial conditions of belonging as it stresses urgencies serrounding ‘life’ and/or ‘death’ - questioning realities.


“You say yes every day. From the moment you open your eyes, to the moment you close them, you say yes to the people and the objects that surround you. As i write this, I am saying yes to the music playing from my laptop. I am saying yes to the light streaming in from my window. I am saying yes to the noise of my vibrating phone. Your consent to the people and the objects that surround you is what has allowed for you to live in the way that you do. But you consent to more than just people and objects. You consent to the systems that those people and those objects exist in. You consent to the narratives of how those people and those objects should exist. And how you should exist with them. When consent, conscious or not, is being given every single day, it becomes difficult to learn how to say no. Say no to the people and the objects that surround you. Say no to the narratives of how those people and those objects should exist. And say no to how you should exist with them.”

Kester Messan ‘SAY YES’.