Natacha Ikoli - February 27 - 7pm
721 Franklin Ave
Natacha is a video artist, observer, non-fiction storyteller and documentary filmmaker based in Brooklyn. Cinema vérité style of documentary making, themes of social ascension, emergence of leadership classes and gender identity have inspired her work as a filmmaker and artist. In 2005, she created a video installation exploring dementia and voyeurism, putting the viewer in the position of the unwanted observer. The piece, titled “Le Horla,” is based on the popular French writer Guy de Maupassant’s eponymous short story.
In her documentary film “Bana Congo Oyé,” Natacha explored the impact that the term “évolué” has had on today’s Congo collective unconsciousness. The term was used during colonial times to define a group of educated Congolese men who “evolved” and were trained to take part in the civilizing mission of the Belgian Congo. The film, set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and shot over a five year period, looks into the challenges and struggles of a middle class man in a country still recovering from decades of war.
Natacha’s focus is on telling stories through observation like an anthropologist; decoding issues of identity, gender, and origin that spark debate. Her goal in her current video installation– MyBodyMyself– is to break the linear cinematic narrative by including the viewer in the construction of the story– encouraging women viewing the piece to share their story and therefore add to the discourse. Natacha uses the surrounding environment and incorporates the space as an element in the narrative structure.