Both dizzying, kaleidoscopic prayer and tenacious ode to black selfhood, London Short Film Festival opens its 2021 edition with a rare, online presentation of collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?'s 35 part filmic opera.
The black and predominantly queer art collective, an evolving line up of poets and artists from across the world, abstracts and reimagines opera in any traditional conception.
Set to hip-hop, blues, noise, R&B and electronica, the piece uses the voice (chanting, singing, screaming; written by poet and activist Dawn Lundy Martin) as its primary tool, verbalising centuries of alienation, vulnerability and protest in the global African diaspora through its disruptive libretto.
Through visual trickery and hand-made production design, the work disrupts the linearity of time and with it, homogeneity, offering non-normative alternatives to both white supremacy and the insularity of the art world.
Tickets £5. Accessible internationally. Please note, this programme contains flashing images and nudity.