Christian Etongo

At COLAB Copenagen Christian Etongo is working with Jessie Kleemann

Cameroon and Greenland are geographically separated by 8,058 kilometers. At a first look one can only see differences between those countries – their cultures, geography, climate conditions, traditions, etc. Christian Etongo and Jessie Kleemann found a very important aspect that link both this distinct areas of the globe – their colonial past. Their research specifically focus on the disappearance of different traditions and rituals as consequence of colonialism and imperialist repression upon their countries of origin. Christian and Jessie are interested in debating about those consequences while reviving, today, those forgotten, often prohibited past rituals.“In our research, we discovered that both of our respective works were in search of a revaluation of our cultures. By reenacting, in collaboration, certain traditions and rituals of our home countries we believe we can open debate about the consequences of colonialism and imperialism and how it influenced our people to repress our own cultures”

For almost two decades now, Cameroonian artist Raphael Christian Etongo has devoted his career to performance art. He leads Perform’action, short intensive training workshops for research and experimentation on performance art. Etongo’s work has been featured in various international festivals, and he contributes to international conferences and curatorial discussions. Etongo participated in the first pan African performance art festival, Afiriperforma Biennale, in Harare in 2013, and more recently was invited as a participant in the conference on performance art at the Goethe Institute Yaoundé for the Rencontres d’Arts Visuels de Yaoundé (RAVY) Festival, 2014. He actively promotes arts and culture in Cameroon, also opening a cultural space in Yaoundé, for artistic creation, meetings, workshops, and exchanges. – See more at:

Om liveart_dk blev grundlagt i 2004 for at udvikle miljøet for live art og performancekunst i Danmark igennem nytænkende koncepter og projekter. Siden 2004 har organiseret 10 store internationale festivals for børn og voksne, og over 40 andre events – Samtalekøkkener, bogudgivelser, video serier, symposier, residenser og mere indenfor kunst, kritik og dokumentation.