Sandra Mujinga Pervasive Light 2021

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A shadowy figure intermittently appears and disappears across three screens. Accompanied by a pulsing electronic music soundtrack, the protagonist (played by Norwegian musician Mariama Ndure) wears a special cloak that nearly disappears against a green-screen background, leaving behind only traces of her movements. Despite its title, Pervasive Light shows varying levels of darkness. Mujinga noted, “I’ve always been drawn to the idea of becoming unbeatable, evading surveillance by using the extreme zoom on the body and the abstraction that comes with it.” She added, “I’m making sculptures and performances that exist out of the limelight and evade being seen.”

Gallery label from Signals: How Video Transformed the World, March 5–July 8, 2023
Three-channel high-definition video (color, sound; 16:15 min.) and three flat screen monitors
Dimensions variable
Mariama Ndure
NaEE RoBErts
Andre Katombe
Fund for the Twenty-First Century
Object number
© 2024 Sandra Mujinga
Media and Performance

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