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PROCESSION | FAHAMU PECOU
Friday, August 26, 2016
WATERFRONT NEAR CHARLESTON MARITIME CENTER
A public performance and procession beginning at 6PM at the waterfront will celebrate the opening of Fahamu Pecou’s DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance. According to Pecou, “The procession will begin with the egun (representing the spirits of departed ancestors in the Yoruba tradition) at Gadsden’s Wharf on Charleston’s historic riverfront, where countless enslaved Africans once arrived. The procession will work its way up Calhoun Street to the Halsey Institute—about a seven-block walk—for the reception beginning at 6:30PM. This egun procession is significant as an elevation ritual, acknowledging the spirits of those who died tragically and clearing the way for community healing.” Pecou will don the “New World” Egungun costume he has created for the exhibition and be joined by a drummer. The community is invited to join us in this symbolic ritual procession, honoring the spirits of those who came before us.