SACROSANCT – Three-Channel Film Installation by BLACK DISCOURSE
MATERIAL DISCOURSE
Zion Estrada and Koumbah Semega-Janneh

SACROSANCT – Three-Channel Film Installation by BLACK DISCOURSE

Zion Estrada and Koumbah Semega-Janneh

‍Sacrosanct, created by oral tradition studio BLACK DISCOURSE, is a three-channel pop-up film installation sanctifying the brilliance of Black heresy in the act of moving under the continued pressures of colonial imperialist violence.

The three channels named BORDER - BODY - DANCE, layer found footage of Black migrants crossing European borders and cross continental African dance styles juxtaposed with original footage of performing artist, Dru Ultra, twerking with the Pacific Ocean. Set to a hypnotic drum and bass repetition, BLACK DISCOURSE weaves the quotes of Harsha Walia, Ama Ata Aidoo, Rebecca Walker, Stuart Hall, Dr. Anthony Bogus and Arthur Jafa as a sonic collage and accompaniment.Β 

Projected at Tone Gallery, Memphis

Sacrosanct, presents the sacredness of the Black diasporic commitment to move as fluid and as fierce as the ocean moved us while still experiencing the precarious state of being in and of the African Diaspora.

Sacrosanct, commissioned by Archipelago
Sacrosanct, 2022 (video still)

Sacrosanct was imagined as a sonic and visual installation for the launch of ARCHIPELAGO: A party – An art installation – A sonic portal conceived by Intelligent Mischief. This experiential installation is intended to honor, explain, and activate the ethos of diasporic community building through our shared cultural heritage of music, oral tradition transmission, and dance. The project traces the lines of the past, present and future in which our present day connection and ancestral codes can emerge as key tools for building a post border pan-African century.

FILM + SONIC COLLAGE SCRIPT

β€œThe root of the word mob, MOB, a kind of criminalizing vocabulary that is often used to link large groups of poor racialized people to social disorder in inner cities and at the border derives from the word mobility.” Harsha Walia

β€œI mean, where will the western world be without Africa … everything is us. I am not saying it, it's a fact. Our cocoa diamonds, platinum, fish, peanuts, palm oil, everything. And you know it β€œΒ - Ama Ata Aidoo

β€œWHAT IS THE SWAGGER? The swagger is about black people being able to speak through our bodies, to resist with our bodies, to say, we have confidence with the way we move.” Rebecca Walker

β€œSomething about the way you stand, walk, or shift, you know, can't move the hips only move the left hip, forget about the right or something about the way you just slightly mispronounced the thing, you know identifies you as having been disseminated”- Stuart Hall

β€œTherefore black folks then flip the script and in flipping the script, accept the blackness and then transform it into a different terrain. And that transformation is, in my view, the point of heresy.” - Anthony Bogus

β€œAnd to a degree that where black people have gone, where we exist, where we've existed, the spaces we've existed in, and not just survive, but thrive in in a way or continue to grow or evolve inside of sometimes I'd say we've created a culture of freefall.”- Arthur Jafa

β€œIt's the impossibility of ever going home in exactly the same way as you went.” - Stuart Hall

β€œThis is the message that's being sent back to the rest of the world like this is what it looks like where we are.” - Arthur JafaΒ 

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Film Credits

Director: Zion Estrada

Co-Director: Koumbah Semega-Janneh

DP: Zion Estrada

Stylist: Sparkle Juarez

Cast: Drew Ultra

Editor: Zion Estrada

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Sonic Collage

Director: Zion Estrada & Koumbah Semega-Janneh

Sound Design: Maintain

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