Twyg is co-hosting the exclusive world premier of Sunny Dolat’s film, “In their finest robes, the children shall return”. The film captures his highly symbolic fashion performance on the cold shores of São Tomé, a former slave trading post just off the coast of Cameroon. There, during last year’s N’Golá Biennial, Sunny orchestrated a performance by models wearing fashion designs, one from every country of the African continent to bear witness to a healing ritual. In collaboration with The Nest Collective, the Kenyan fashion curator and creative director replaced the singular western fashion lens with multiple African lenses.
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The premiere has been postponed. Everyone who RSVPed will be notified of the new date and time.
Inspired by Ghanian president Nana Akufo-Addo’s words, “2019 will be the Year of Return for Africans”, Sunny’s work is a statement on fashion as experience, influence, history, individuality, particularity, and fluidity.
In an opinion piece in Business of Fashion, Sunny writes, “We aim to unapologetically contextualise and position black African bodies as beautiful renderings of humanity, in resistance to the pervasive tokenism, exotification and fetishisation of blackness in global fashion conversations.” He says that where conversations in the post-colonial space among Africans on the continent and people of African descent in the diaspora are gaining traction and value, “difficult questions are being asked about the place and authority of the universal white gaze”.
Here is a trailer of the film.