My hope is to challenge contemporary notions of resilience; that one must ‘overcome’ in a big or dramatic way. By reaching out to people on the fringes of society and bringing to light their narratives, I hope to create a work that speaks to the whole rather than the few.
Black Brass is a new work in development that draws inspiration from stories of resilience from a range of diverse minorities and how, in a networked world that amplifies the shouts of victory, we forget that even small wins deserve celebration and recognition.
Through a series of community consultations and interviews, emerging artist Mararo Wangai seeks to celebrate these intimate expressions of resilience, the private victories rather than public actions, making space for voices whose stories are equal parts vulnerable, resilient and worthy.
In collaboration with the Centre for Stories and Dramaturg Afeif Ismael, Mararo will then weave those recorded materials and explore the creative and dramaturgical line that will run through the work.