Democracy My Piss

Democracy My Piss

Democracy [dih-mok-ruh-see]

noun, plural democracies.

  1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. a state having such a form of government:

The United States and Canada are democracies.

  1. a state of society characterized by formal equality of rights and privileges.
  2. political or social equality; democraticspirit.
  3. the common people of a community as distinguished from any privileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

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Democracy [de-mok-rah-sii]

noun, plural democracies.

  1. government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in thepeople and exercised directly by them or bytheir elected agents under a free electoral system.
  2. a state having such a form of government:

Kenya and Uganda are democracies.

  1. a state of society characterized by formal equality ofrights and privileges.
  2. political or socialequality; democraticspirit.
  3. the commonpeople of a community as distinguishedfrom anyprivileged class; the common people with respect to their political power.

#democracymypiss

 

This is an art project and exhibition looking at democracy in Africa, taking common observations of political elections in Africa as a starting point. Often ‘democracy’ in Africa is established by the cycle: Queue – Voting – Dispute/Violence/Compromise – Long years between elections – Stasis – Queue. African politics feature accounts of unconstitutional extension of presidential terms, manipulation of electoral laws, party hopping, patronage and violence, and very rare nominal transitions when an incumbent is out-voted.

On the other end are ordinary people who are subjects to these politics being positioned as bit-players, pawns, the supporting cast to a centralized system of influential men and women.  But still they queue in millions to vote, are they exercising a right denied for too long? Is there a need to make a mark even though that mark is mostly ignored? Is democracy an experiment? is Africa defining it’s own kind of democracy?

Voting in elections is the physical manifestation of democracy it is not be-all and end-all of democracy, democratic citizenship constitutes the participation in collective action and engagement with political leaders and institutions, including between elections and within a rule of law. The installation Democracy My Piss,  inflects the definition and probes into the history, process, expectations, and result of ‘democracy’ since its inception in Africa variably in the early 1990s.

 

The Exhibition opens on the 28th of April at 6pm

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