New Words for Mindelo's Urban Creole 2014
Digital HD file, 16:9, 10 minutes and 26 seconds, b&w, sound
Commissioned for Ilha de São Jorge, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore island, Venice, Italy, 2014
Displays neologisms, aimed at enriching the vocabulary of the substratum creole language of Cape Verde which is spoken in informal contexts. Based on my experience of living and working in my native Cape Verde with the neologisms, made from names of Portuguese colonial administrators and names of Greek mythology characters, I propose parallels between colonial history and the social dynamics that have emerged in the country since 1990 with end of a single-party Marxist regime that gave way to parliamentary democracy and free market economy.