Her project at Forecast, titled A Glossary Of Words My Mother Never Taught Me, follows the heritage of the 1966 film Africa Addio (also known as Africa Blood & Guts in the United States, and Africa Farewell in the United Kingdom). Africa Addio is a sensational Italian documentary about the end of the colonial era in Africa, shot over a period of three years by Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco Prosperi, who had gained fame as the directors of Mondo Cane in 1962. This film ensured the viability of the so-called Mondo film genre, a cycle of “shockumentaries”—a description that largely characterizes Africa Addio.
In appropriating the form and material of Africa Addio and interweaving it with interviews with cultural critics and thinkers to create a new work, Mboya seeks to subvert the film’s material to articulate the forensic function of image as evidence of the racist regime that portrays certain bodies as criminal, or worse.
Working with artist Candice Breitz as her mentor, Mboya traveled to Senegal to conduct interviews with cultural luminaries about the film’s impact on their generation’s self-representation in the post-independence era across Africa. In January–February 2020, she spent a two-week work-stay at Breitz’s Berlin studio to work on the version of the film that will be shown at the Forecast Festival.