FOUR CORNERS OF THE SAME Black STONE

The artist, activist, and poet Tito Valery chronicles, archives, and travels into four corners of the same stone in an effort to understand, highlight, and propose philosophies and understandings of great artists and thinkers of our time: considering how and why minorities, whether of gender, race, class, or ethnicity, impact and react to the spaces they navigate and exist within. 

THE STONE is a central foundation to Valery’s sessions: "Water go leaf stone" is a Bantu grassfields and also a grassroots expression, that means to survive despite all odds. The stone in this series represents the difficult realities of immobile conditions of the Black and marginalized body, often forced into inertia within systems that are built to maintain the privileges of those in institutional and political power. The black stone refers also to the hardened will or resilience of bodies that endure the harshness of their physical and psychological surroundings.

THE CORNERS are four angles to Valery’s thoughts on blackness, conceiving of the uniqueness and ruggedness of its perceptions, in its variety of evolutions. Each corner is carved based on thoughts that flow into another making a four-angled reflection on those placed as “The Other" and the Oppressed. 

THE MATTER is composed of references from Dr. Maya Angelou's poetry, Manu Dibango's Jazz-Soul-Makossa, Gill Scott Heron's words on why the revolution will not be televised, Khalid Mohamed, philosophies of the great captain Sankara, the anti-colonial letters from Ruben Um Nyobè, and poetry and speeches from young female leaders like Tamika Mallory. Within the matter, the teachings and thoughts of Black thinkers are echoed as a means of better understanding our present contexts, reworking and remedying our thoughts, to break the yoke of systemic oppressions by attuning to voices of dynamism, caution, memory, and refusal.

11.04.2021 THE FIRST CORNER
The first corner delves into the current situations of the war-torn zones of north west and southwest Cameroon. The introduction is set in the current state of the regions’ realities, sharing historical context as a means of understanding the evolving ways the past continues to live within present struggles. Voices such as Minister Issa Tchiroma and his speech on why Anglophone zones had been deprived of internet for eight months between February to November of 2016 are heard alongside femcee Askia, Rapper Jovi, Lapiro de Mbanga, and a selection of poems.