S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano)
In 2013, multimedia and performance artist Nástio Mosquito spent three months in Utrecht as a part of BAK’s Research-in-Residence (RIR) program. During his stay he developed the initial phase of his video-performance piece S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano). The premiere of S.E.F.A. takes place on 28 May 2016 on the occasion of SPRING 2016, and is co-presented by the festival organizers and BAK.
SPRING describes S.E.F.A. as follows: “S.E.F.A. (Se Eu Fosse Angolano) is a remarkable one-man show in which Nástio Mosquito mixes personal rants, exhilarating poetry slam and emotional songs with titillating visuals. In S.E.F.A. he doesn’t mince words. Hopeful and full of energy he asks questions about identity and expressions such as ‘roots’, never afraid of being politically incorrect. Mosquito, who was born in Angola, takes a multi-disciplinary approach: music, philosophy, dance, video art, digital art… He has even developed his own app. Some call him a visual artist, others a theatre maker or musician. But Mosquito is first and foremost a full-blooded performer, the new face of cultural empowerment.”
Visitors of the festival also have the opportunity to get to know the performances and performers better through a series of informal Bar Talks: “In our Bar Talks a wide variety of guests discuss the performance they just saw; from a university professor to a graphic designer. How did they experience the performance, what did they think and what went on in their minds? With a beer in hand and some nibbles within reach our guests, each from their own background, will share their findings.”
In the Bar Talk following Nástio Mosquito’s performance, guest speaker BAK artistic director Maria Hlavajova shares her thoughts on the performance, the artist, and the relationships between Mosquito’s practice and the work of BAK.