founded in 2010 as both entity and collective, thanksthanksafrica addresses aesthetic, endemic, social and political issues concerning africa and the human condition, in relation to all of her relatives: asia, europe, s/america, usa...in connection to now.
THANKSTHANKSAFRICA was created to question the location of where difference lies or who indeed names another 'the other'. Using the platform of theatrical even comical pedagogy (albeit with seriousness of inquiry and research) carried out by a group of Africans, all of whom are fictitious, we declare our concept of 'we are each other's another' as a sure death to the 'otherness' assigned to fixed groups. Our past 'manifestos' and upcoming 'tutorials' are exercises in well-researched pedagogic jokingness put out by THANKSTHANKSAFRICA on the grave earthly matters of human relations. The writings here have since extended beyond that first aim. But then again, it has always been our aim to be discursive. It has always been part of our aim too to engage the object from the expanded space. Without forfeiting the critical and at the same time declaring a human's right to be ridiculous, we poop on the notion, the prevalent notion of 'races' and its insinuations and its contempt and its sham status; we poop too on the corresponding sham of its so-called victims to play the object; we reject the old bogeying currently in practice as same old same old. We declare ourselves implicated in all things human, interested, detached and observing. We move the question of difference from its 'racial' locale and declare it to be individual, widespread and shared all over. To us, difference exists on an individual level, in that otherness of the individual's attempt to exist, understand, and live in his or her world.