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Invernomuto: Negus

Invernomuto​ Negus 2017, production still (2016) 

Photo: Moira Ricci

Don't miss a free screening of Italian artist duo Invernomuto's conceptual documentary, starring Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Negus explores the convergence of history, myth and magic through the complex and competing legacies of Ethiopia’s last emperor Haile Selassie I. In Italy during the fascist rule of Mussolini, Selassie was portrayed as a black devil, justifying Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia. During the same period the religion of Rastafarianism was emerging in Jamaica and claiming Selassie as their living God and the black Christ resurrected. Negus is powered from the void between these two irreconcilable realities.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry - godfather of dub music and an architect of the foundational sounds of reggae - takes on a double presence in the film: lurking as a spiritual ghost over the Black Ark, his former recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica, that he burned down in the 80s, and as master of a ritual fire ceremony performed in Italy to re-invoke the spirit of Ethiopia's last emperor.

The film follows a circular structure and its locations (Italy, Ethiopia and Jamaica) are constantly mixed. Its interwoven form insists that the trajectories of communities, ideologies and mythologies are never one-way vectors, but always exist in the complexity of infinite feedback and recourse.

Programme

Introduction by Simone Bertuzzi

Negus 2017, DCP, colour, sound, 70 min

Q&A

About Invernomuto

Simone Bertuzzi (b.1983, Italy) and Simone Trabucchi (b.1982, Italy) have been collaborating as Invernomuto since 2003. Their practice focuses primarily on moving image and sound, while often integrating sculpture, performance and publishing into their work. Recent solo shows include The MAC, Belfast (2017), Artspeak, Vancouver (2015), Triennale di Milano, Milan (2014) and Museion, Bozen (2014). In 2017 Invernomuto won the Museion Prize 1 and is currently a finalist for the MAXXI Bvlgari Prize​. Bertuzzi and Trabucchi have developed individual lines of research into sound with their respective platforms Palm Wine and STILL.

Close up of roaring lion

Invernomuto Negus 2016, film still, courtesy of the artists, Pinksummer and 999 Films

Two sitting men smile at camera, one holds lighter

Invernomuto Negus 2016, film still, courtesy of the artists, Pinksummer and 999 Films

Close up of a man's face

Invernomuto Negus 2016, film still, courtesy of the artists, Pinksummer and 999 Films

Close up of photo album showing Haile Selassie memorabilia

Invernomuto Negus 2016, film still, courtesy of the artists, Pinksummer and 999 Films

Sound system on a street

Invernomuto Negus 2016, film still, courtesy of the artists, Pinksummer and 999 Films

Silver symbols

Invernomuto Negus 2016, film still, courtesy of the artists, Pinksummer and 999 Films

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31 August 2018 at 19.30–21.10

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