Schipbreukeling – Mathieu Charles

Libita Sibungu

Quantum Ghost comprises large-scale photograms and a new audio installation. The ongoing body of work examines the potential for healing and gathering coming out of anti-colonial archival practices, stemming from the research journey into personal histories and sites of heritage connecting Namibia and Britain. Sibungu’s research of mining history in the Namibian National Archive awakens connections between the displacement of raw materials from the earth with the Black bodies who were photographed carrying out this extractive labour. Sibungu collected stones, shells and dirt from the Namibian landscape and brought them to England, echoing her late father’s exile to Cornwall from Namibia in the 1980s. Her exhumation of the past, in both material and narrative, unearths the reverberations of colonialism and diasporic migration embedded within landscapes.

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