Colleen Fitzgerald: ndemeh
An autobiographical multimedia solo performance portraying memories of strong, beautiful and black women. Colleen explores her personal diasporic identity by revisiting tidbits passed on to her from her grandmother, mother, sister, and other strong female influences. Her performance is informed by their cultures, stories, foods, dances, clothes, hair, songs and words.
The work is informed by the family recipe she is desperate to learn, the dances she watched her sister do her whole life, or simply the way these women carry themselves. Colleen “carves a space for us to celebrate black women.” She says, “Putting the body on stage is an act of protest. The work serves as an urgent declaration that black women are important, beautiful and magical.”
This work was made possible by artist residencies at Brote Residencia Creativa (ARG), Denmark Arts Center (US), and Casa Muñecas (ARG). Also thanks to the support of OiHoy and Fabiana Castro.
Idea and performance: Colleen Ndemeh Fitzgerald
Assistance: María Esther Mejia
Collaborators: Kukily Colectivo
Music: Jojo Abot, Mehkamu Wayson
Photos: Jasmin Sanchez