Renée Akitelek Mboya | 25.04. – 30.09.2023

Now Return My Story, and Wipe My Mouth with Bread

This series – titled Now Return My Story, and Wipe My Mouth with Bread – will reflect on the images produced and circulated to commemorate the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. This year marks the 29th year since the beginning of the killings, which took place over a period of 100 days between the 6th of April and the 16th of July 1994, where an estimated 800,000 to 1,000,000 Tutsi and a number of moderate Hutu were slaughtered. Although the exact figure is unknown, official Rwandan government documents estimate that the number of people killed in the genocide is 1,074,017, of whom 93.7 percent were Tutsi. Kwibuka starts on the 7th of April every year.

Renée Akitelek Mboya

Renée Akitelek Mboya is a writer, curator and film-maker. Her work relies on biography and storytelling as a form of research and production. Renée’s current focus is on looking and speaking about images and the ways in which they are produced: she is especially interested in the critical role they have come to play as evidence of white paranoia and as aesthetic idioms of racial violence. Renée works between Nairobi and Kigali and is a collaborative editor with the Wali Chafu Collective.