Le Soudan de Oswald Iten (textes et photographies), editions Silva, Zurich, 1979.
Fred Hampton, Assassinated by the State, Dec. 4, 1969
“We do not want war, but we understand that war can only be abolished through war. That in order to put down the gun, make a man get rid of the gun, it’s necessary to pick up a gun, and you motherfuckers that’s for peace in Vietnam, the Black Panther Party is for victory in Vietnam. We say that they’re aggressors, they’re a bunch of lackey running dogs, that they’re imperialists. They’re a bunch of Wall Street warmongers, And they need to be driven out of there….
We say that if you dare to struggle, then you dare to win. If you dare not to struggle, you don’t deserve to win. We couldn’t go into the ring with Muhammad Ali and not fight and wonder why we lost, would we? If you don’t fight, then you don’t deserve to win. If you don’t move on these fascists, then you’re crazy. We say it’s no longer a question of violence or non-violence. We say it’s a question of resistance to fascism or nonexistence within fascism. We say let’s stop the war in Vietnam. Let’s stop it by acquiring victory for the spirit of Ho Chi Minh. We say let’s stop the war in Babylon. Let’s initiate the decentralization of the police…” —Fred Hampton, November 1969
Paintings by British-Ghanaian artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye depicting subjects in a state of rest or recline.
The concept and act of lounging and leisure, repose and retirement are all very important factors for me. Having the space - both literally and figuratively speaking - to suspend and shrug off your responsibilities and guiltlessly drown oneself in a passionate state of tranquility and solitude seems to be more of a luxury than an essential part of ones well-being that one is allowed to take as a form of self-care.
Many of us who carry the burden of oppression are often systematically denied these pleasures and in addition, the taboo surrounding mental and emotional health in many African communities makes the challenges we face as a result of this denial even more difficult to address.