Schipbreukeling – Mathieu Charles

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami and Belinda Zhawi

Black Anna

Kudzanai-Violet Hwami collaborates with Belinda Zhawi to create an installation consisting of sound, paintings and film. It is centred around ‘Zwarte Anna’ (Black Anna), a black enslaved woman from Suriname, who arrived in Arnhem in 1727, accompanying the family she worked for.  

The work imagines narratives around Black Anna beyond the servant, departing from the private world(s) she might have created for herself, her person, but also depicting her in moments of rest, reflection and aloneness (not loneliness). A presence for Anna is thereby created beyond her labour. Simultaneously Hwami introduces Paula, a present-day Black Anna, uprooted from her country of origin, working as a servant for a European family. Hwami invites the viewer to see Black women’s personhood for what it is: a rich existence beyond the scripts of life that were and still are placed upon them.

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