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Watch: Ng’endo Mukii On The Re-Animation Of Indigenous People

By Stella WaAfrika

Kenyan filmmaker Ng’endo Mukii who is popularly known for her animation film, "Yellow Fever", which explores colourism and African women's self image tackles the re-animation of indigenous people.

Mukii was part of the Design Indaba Talks where she shared why she uses animation to challenge the representation of indigenous people in film and photography, the deleting and editing of indigenous people through ethnographic film and taxidermy, how African people are depicted as a dead or dying breed, the single-sided representation of African people and so much more.

"I propose the use of animation in relation to indigenous people as a means of telling you that these people are human. The animation is not related to the indexical image and it is able to emulate human emotions and experiences." Says Mukii.

She further adds, "Animation is not pretending to be alive as is the case with taxidermy, and unlike ethnography it’s not tied to a singular story."

Her work seeks to challenge "twisted" African perspectives through animation; be it on beauty, art, film, photographt etc.


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Video Credit: Design Indaba

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