Listening Bodies | Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja (Namibia)

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Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja lives in Windhoek after completing his PhD in Performance Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a cultural worker, educator and writer with practical and academic interests in the fields of performance, archives and public culture. He is also a singer and performer with Tschuku Tschuku, his band project. His works have been performed at numerous international festivals, in museums, theatres and archives.

Starting with an account of what it means to grow up as a child between an unloved colonial working-class town and the countryside, where the strict (working) rules of the grandparents determine everyday life, Nashilongweshipwe Mushaandja shows us in the podcast his growing love for music, theatre, critical theory and finally artistic research. Working with methods and knowledge of tradition, Nashilongweshipwe explains how his work challenges the enduring colonial rules and power structures in historical narratives and archival processes.