“Distras” was the key word to ask for a break and leave the childhood games intact for many young and adults Mozambicans.
The "distras" is the time for pause, cease-fire, time to distract the opponent while devising new attack strategies. It is the time to negotiate, ask for forgiveness and sometimes give up. As it is also time to catch your breath and look for new rhythms, new ways of being and flourish...
When human existence is reduced to the ability to walk incessantly over the edge of the precipice, it is incumbent on us to ask for “distras”.
The works of Mudaulane, Ângela Ferreira, Gemuce and Djive urge us to evoke “distras”, in order to reflect on so many adversities, violence, hostility, discrimination, lack of equity and hypocrisy. The artworks invites us to a moment of pause to rethink the consciously or unconsciously crystallized truths in each of us. And perhaps from this stop and learning we could reborn in a process of hybridization.
Look around, and see how many of us have said “distras”, raising up both hands and showing the scarified palms of live tattoos, even if with a smile on our face, if we do it, it's because we have already exhausted the arsenal of signs we could use explain that IT'S NOT OK.
Ask for “distras” too.
How about creating another game?
(Élia Gemuce, 2021)
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