A Glossary of Words My Mother Never Taught Me

4 Dec 2021–19 Dec 2021


Opening Event 
Screening with Interlocution by Kara Blackmore
starts promptly at 3pm
Saturday 4th December 3pm - 5pm.
4th December - 19th December 2021
Open Thursday – Sunday 12-6pm
Renée Akitelek Mboya presents a screening of A Glossary Of Words My Mother Never Taught Me, inviting Kara Blackmore as interlocutor for an opening event. Subsequently the film will be played on loop [duration: 14 mins] throughout public opening hours.
A Glossary Of Words My Mother Never Taught Me follows the heritage of the 1966 film Africa Addio (also known as Africa Blood & Guts in the United States, and Africa Farewell in the United Kingdom). Africa Addio is a sensationalist Italian documentary about the end of the colonial era in Africa, shot over a period of three years by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, who had gained fame as the directors of Mondo Cane in 1962. This film ensured the viability of the so-called Mondo film genre, a cycle of “shockumentaries” — a description that largely characterizes Africa Addio. In appropriating the form and material of Africa Addio, Mboya subverts the film’s material to articulate the forensic function of image as evidence of the racist regime that portrays certain bodies as criminal, or worse.
Renée Akitelek Mboya is a writer, curator and filmmaker working between Dakar and Nairobi and is collaborative editor and member of the Wali Chafu Collective, Nairobi, KE.  Her custom is one that relies on biography and storytelling as a form of research and production.
Kara Blackmore is a curator and academic who works at the intersections of art, heritage, and social repair after conflict. She has curated exhibitions in Uganda, Johannesburg and London and her writing is published widely including the Journal of Refugee Studies, Wasafiri, Critical Arts, Biennial Foundation Magazine, C& and Art Africa Magazine.
Made possible with generous support from Arts Council England and the Cultural Recovery Fund.
The event takes place inside the gallery's ground floor event space and reading room. In accordance to current government guidance, we encourage visitors to wear a protective mask indoors at all times during the event. If you have any additional access needs please contact us at

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