22 – 24 April 2016, 11am – 7pm
Brussels Art Fair – Aleppo Booth
‘Video Halls (or “bibanda”) are often no more than small huts where viewers pay a few cents to watch pirated DVDs on diesel-powered television screens. In the majority of villages and towns, they are the only form of popular visual entertainment, reaching millions of Ugandans every month—more than television and newspapers put together.
ArtBrussels is an art fair where artwork is bought and sold as high end commodities. This year, Aleppo, a Brussels-based non-profit organization, curates a section devoted to the informal economy that includes Video Slink Uganda.
Video Slink Uganda invites participating artists to subject their work to a process of “regeneration.” For example, one clause asks artists to acknowledge that: “It is possible and even likely that my work will be mis/translated, misquoted, misunderstood, mistreated, mocked, pirated, duplicated, derided, sold on dusty streets and crowded markets of any kind.” By inverting Western notions of authorship and control in favor of a system predicated on reinvention, adaptation, and appropriation, Video Slink Uganda exposes the innerworkings of both commodity logics.’