Not This Future
Youngsook Choi

28 November 2020, 2:00pm-5:00pm (London time)


Not This Future is part of Youngsook Choi’s ongoing experimentation upon intimate aesthetics of community actions and alternative protests. This participatory performance facilitates a pseudo shamanic ritual as a political device, raising the issues around neo-colonial practice and brutal border controls. It is to resort the community gathering for soothing unfair victims as well as for collective healing of wounded minds. This spiritual occasion invites anti-racism activists, migrants community members and allies to read out 39 passages, particularly commemorating the tragic Essex 39 incident of which the thirty-nine Vietnamese were found dead in the back of a lorry abandoned by the illegal trafficker. Under each victim’s name, the carefully chosen passage will be read out along with offering gestures such as burning letters, sharing divine foods and drinks, or any other personal respectful ways of comforting the resentful souls.

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