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VIVA DECLARATION!

by artists Tagné + Kooj with special guest Helena Summerfield
a performance of global-jazz music and live-mixed video about migration and borders

**TICKETS LISTED HERE AS FREE BUT THIS IS 'PAY WHAT YOU FEEL' AT THE EVENT**

Using poetic visuals and documentary sequences against a musical landscape Viva Declaration! connects migration with colonial history, economics, political and environmental conflicts, human rights, contemporary protest and campaigns for migration justice. The critical questions and vivid emotions raised by Viva Declaration! have never been so relevant than here and right now in post-Brexit UK.

“complex, nuanced and uncompromisingly political. Important work raising the big questions of our time”
– Stella Barnes, Director of CAN (Manchester, UK)

plus post-show Q+A including members of These Walls Must Fall campaign and the Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit.

Triptych imahe of the original Declaration show premeired at HOME Manchester

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So, what and who is Viva Declaration! …?

Viva Declaration! combines poetic imagery with documentary narratives, featured as live visual projections from video artist Kooj Chuhan. The musical compositions are specially created and performed by Tagné Tebu, a multi-instrumentalist with jazz, African, Latin and Indo-Arabic influences. This new performance has evolved from the original ‘Declaration’ show with new musical and video sections, an expanded narrative plus special guest Helena Summerfield on saxophones and flute. Expect sections of free improv, interactive video and audio loops, spoken polemics, multi-layered rhythms and evocative melodic structures.

Kooj Chuhan is a leading UK-based artist-activist. He has exhibited at Arnolfini (Bristol), ICA (London), internationally including San Diego, Paris, New Delhi, Toronto. Among his achievements is an award for digital arts connecting refugees with climate change. Tagné Tebu has a refugee background and many credits as composer, arranger, musical director and producer. His credits include work with world-music stars Amadou and Mariam. Helena Summerfield will join Kooj and Tagné for the new ‘Viva Declaration’ performance. She is an award-winning music educator and performer working across classical and jazz and a regular in Manchester’s jazz scene.

Viva Declaration! includes a mix of spoken monologues by detainees, human rights activists and legal case-workers reflecting on the themes of migration justice. It includes material from Angela Davis, Walter Rodney, Shami Chakrabarti, Viraj Mendis, Bridget Anderson, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and These Walls Must Fall campaign.

Kooj and Tagné in front of large projection at HOME Manchester


...also accompanying Viva Declaration!...

In Humanity exhibition @PHM 1-23 Feb 2020

In Humanity installation / exhibition

IN HUMANITY art installation/exhibition: Opens with talk and guided tour by Kooj Chuhan 2pm Sat 1st Feb (followed by Young Identity performing at 3pm). Exhibition continues until Sun 23rd February 2020 at People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER .

In Humanity asks how far do we treat people needing refuge in humanity and with care? The UK is the only place in Europe with no time limit on detention. Nearly 30,000 people are locked up each year most of whom are eventually released, this is a shameful civil rights abuse that cannot be ignored. More info at http://metaceptive.net/in-humanity/

By artist and film-maker Kooj Chuhan in collaboration with These Walls Must Fall and Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, including soundtrack fragments by musician and composer Tagné Tebu. In Humanity is part of the Declaration project by Metaceptive http://metaceptive.net/declaration/

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