This voice work pays homage to broken magnolia limbs and roots sowed deep into the earth with caskets, fractured recollections of falling things, and people whose names I have long forgotten while their essence still lives on. It inaugurates people who exist in fringe imaginations simply as antecedents or as dearly departed. It holds memories, histories, biographies, visions, and references from the Bakweri people of southwest Cameroon. Recipes of my Great-grandmother and grandmother's lives. My mother's voice, and two lullabies on the importance of trees, and places of gathering. The graves on lands belonging to my ancestors. Thoughts shared in the works of Jason Allen-Paisant, JC Niala, and aspects of my work with the Field Narratives.
Dancing across the topics of death, migration, speculative biographies, and reconfigured memories, it asks the question - what answers can we find about ourselves in the memories we hold of our ancestors?
written and read by hn. lyonga
singing by hardeson lolita
sound: Sara Pereira
sound dramaturgy: Markus Posse
image: Charlotte Müller
This work exists in two versions and stages.
An early version of Memories of trees — tree roots and other Universes, was first published in April 2022 as a sound exhibition at Kunstraum Kreuzberg, Bethanien, Berlin, in the context of Aliens are temporary – eine mutierende Erzählung curated by Sonia Fernández Pan, Sylvia Sadzinski, and Anaïs Senli.