bye rachel (2021)

bye, rachel (2021)
(17 min, colour, digital, single-channel)

‘bye, rachel’ (2021) is a film collage that explores concepts of hybridity, purity and wholeness across various contexts, dedicated to malidoma patrice somé who is heavily featured in the piece, and in ways narrates it, and joined the ancestors on 9th december 2021.

“the truth is our disconnection with earth translates into a kind of disrespect of the feminine. how far can you go in violating the mother that gave you life? as long as the feminine is diminished the connection between us and the earth will always be underscored by a big question mark. we have abused the earth so much that we don’t know which direction to go. we must wonder about this increasing masculinity that is translated in terms of repeated violence or love of it.”
― malidoma patrice somé 

“a true community begins in the hearts of the people involved. it is not a place of distraction but a place of being.”
― malidoma patrice somé, ritual: power, healing and community 

“each time we enter a ritual space we do so because something in the physical world has warned us of possible deterioration at hand. this presupposes that one does not enter into a ritual without a purpose, a goal. as i said earlier, ritual is called for because our soul communicates things to us that the body translates as need, or want, or absence. so we enter into ritual in order to respond to the call of the soul. so illness, perhaps, is the sign language of the soul in need of attention. this means that our soul is the part of us that picks up on situations well ahead of our conscious awareness of them.”
― malidoma patrice somé, ritual: power, healing and community