Tako Taal - After Kinte

Tako Taal - After Kinte
Free - ticket required
Dates and times
6th - 16th Jun 2024
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Part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 

Performance dates 

Thu 6 June, 2pm
Sat 8 June, 1pm 
Wed 12 June, 7pm
Fri 14 June, 7pm
Sun 16 June, 4pm

After Kinte is a newly commissioned performance by Glasgow-based artist Tako Taal. Taking place on five occasions throughout the festival, the work comprises a theatrical staging of a script by Tako for three performers.

The performance continues Tako’s interest in the slippage between individual identity and wider cultural histories. After Kinte builds on research into the format of the actors’ roundtable, synonymous with the US-based film industry magazine The Hollywood Reporter. At these roundtables, celebrated actors often reflect on the experience and art of inhabiting a character, and the impact this has on their everyday lives.

After Kinte’s title references the fictional character, Kunta Kinte, at the centre of Alex Haley’s bestselling novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family, 1976. Kinte is based on an ancestor of Haley’s who was enslaved in The Gambia throughout the 18th century and taken to North America. In 1977 Roots was serialised for television and became the most watched TV mini-series. The global success of Roots has led to Kinte’s Gambian birthplace becoming a site of pilgrimage, a condition that Tako has previously explored in her work and circulates through the character of Kunta Kinte as a cultural spectacle. After Kinte questions the various ways that histories and memory may resurface in the present day, and how characterisation can become a place of genesis or departure.

Adam Kashmiry
Sabrina Mandulu
Rebecca Wilkie

Sound Design
Claude Nouk

Conor Baird

Tako Taal, Untitled, 2023, watercolour on paper. Courtesy of the artist.

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