The proposed project works through various historical levels and tells the tragic story of a young woman, Josefine Soliman, daughter of Angelo Soliman. In this tragedy, different elements and references interlink – from text and song to shadow play, paper cutting and collage to create a narrative of pain and the unspeakable.
“Addressing colonial trauma is exhausting and sometimes gives me the feeling of being powerless in the face of so much violence, but the historical figure of Josefine Soliman gives me courage to take my artistic forms of expression more seriously and to develop them further. “Jaqueline Ejiji states in her concept.
Statement of the jury 2019
The play “Unerhörte Gedanken, unerhörtes Leben“ (“Unheard-of Thoughts, Unheard-of Life”) is planned for five acts. Monologues from the perspective of Josefine Soliman – a Black Viennese woman from the late 18thcentury – are going to be framed through multimedia elements on stage.
Stylistic means of Shadow Plays, Puppet Theater, and the Bürgerliches Trauerspiel (bourgois tragedy) are used dramaturgically. But also lyrics, music and picture collages will talk unspeakables.
A collective of Black female artists will work together for half a year. We want to tell, instead of being told! At least on stage we want to step into a temporarily fantastic place of healing. This story is dedicated to Black people. Allies are welcome.
Black history in the Metropolises of the Empires has been the focus of my interests during my studies. My final thesis developed into a biographical-city-colonial-historical work about Hannover/DE. Biographical material linked to the life of a Black German structured the framework of the thesis. In 2013 I came to Vienna to work as a university assistant. I left the institute three years ago.
I am part of the board of WE DEY e.V., which has existed for two years now. To offer – as a queer feminist collective of color – a platform for contemporary art by Black and People of Color was a very educational process. It is important to me to appreciate recent Black feminist activism in Vienna, to refer to existing traditions with my project, and to adopt them for a stage play. The polyphony of Black Resistance will get another chapter.