What is the place of your living in the large painting called life? Are you the main point of interest? Are you the painter? Are you the painter's signature at the edge of the canvas? Are you the paint? Are you the consumer of the painting? Are you simply a stroke? Are you the paint brush? Are you the painter's untold intention? Are you the message open for interpretation? Are you the specific target audience? Are you one that won't realise the painting exists?
History happens as the winds of time blow by to blow it away. Lives are lived and lives are lost. Depending on one's position and impact, significance and value are attached accordingly. The concern becomes a question of what stories are told; how they are told; and who is doing the telling - all apropos of our political, economical and social lives. Documentation and coverage from the fields of art, music, poetry, media, film, literature and sociology are vital discussion points.
In our country, activities and events are taking place daily that influence our social, political and economical lives. "Without a Trace?" seeks to interrogate: the place of the common mwananchi, working class, street families, PEV victims, and all sorts of creatives in these occurrences; their position when it comes to influencing policy, our life philosophy and history; the position of their social commentary and how that is treated and captured; and the documentation of their own lives and the value attached to them. Will your life flame be extinguished without a trace?
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