There are cracks in the languages speaking of Africa and Europe, of bodies-territories and oppressing borders. One tries to share dreams and desires. And a sense of alienation. One would like to see its own rights recognized and free from one’s ghosts. On the land, in the sea, among other creatures, a new community emerges from its state of invisibility.
And it begins a struggle that is a discourse and a journey, in which the environment changes through consumption and blurring. The edges of the portraits of individuals dissolve themselves. A larger organism that
insinuates itself between different landscapes emerges. Boundaries blur from the one to the many while the environment lets itself be crossed, torn apart and acidified.
“Let us reach that place in the middle of our dreams, where all the lights are ours. Let our voices be our food. May our thoughts be our muscle. Let us trudge through our sea.“
— Excerpts translated and reinterpreted, from Ladan Osman – Refusing Eurydice (Exiles of Eden-Coffee House Press 2019)
The roman visual artist and theatre director Luca Brinchi, the Liberian-born Italian singer and beatmaker Karima 2G aka Anna Maria Gehnyei, and the Apulian performer and choreographer Irene Russolillo met in 2020 in Rome, where they currently live. Their work If there is no sun will debut on July 4th and 5th at Teatro India, within the Teatro di Roma program.
Luca Brinchi is a Roman visual artist and theatre director active on the international contemporary scene since 2001. He conceives virtual environments in which the video is crossed by the language of the body and of the sound, in order to catch a chance of fusion between these expressions. He started with the collective SANTASANGRE of which he was co-founder (Premio Ubu 2009, ETI Award 2008, Dante Cappelletti Award 2006), then he has collaborated with many artists including Jan Fabre, the choreographers Sang Jjijia and Jayachandran Palazhy, the directors Massimo Popolizio and Federico Tiezzi, the street artist Mp5 and the video artist Daniele Spanò. With the latter he forms a stable artistic duo since 2014.
Karima 2G aka Anna Maria Gehnyei is an Italian singer and beatmaker of Liberian origins. Moving from the consoles of the major Italian clubs to the collaboration with the M2o Network, her solo debut dates back to 2014, with the album 2G (Soupu Music) focused on the theme of second generations in Italy. The new phase, symbolically set off by the song Africa in 2016 opens up to new themes of international scope. She collaborates with History Channel, Al Jazeera, Amnesty International. She is currently writing a book for Fandango focused on her biography.
Irene Russolillo is a dancer, choreographer and performer. She has been developing for several years a research on vocality and movement, her creations have a hybrid and transdisciplinary approach, in
which she collaborates with visual, music and dance artists. Since 2014, she has received the support
of ALDES, the Network Anticorpi XL, the international networks Crossing the sea and Crisol, and the
Oriente Occidente Festival, of which she has been an associate artist. She has received many awards
such as the Equilibrio Award 2014 and the Masdanza Award 2014 as best performer, the Prospettiva
Danza Award 2015, the CROSS Award in 2019. Since 2018, she has been part of the Cultural
Association VAN that groups in Bologna seven choreographers of the Italian contemporary scene.