PINK VILLAGE (2016) HDV. Stereo sound, 25:21 min.
As a gift to one nearby village, Monosov offered to paint a mud hut pink. The village accepted. What happens when you give people not their survival necessities but a gift, which one artist desires to see manifested for formalistic reasons? The creative pursuit of bringing friction to the natural landscape ignites a dialogue regarding the aesthetic, political and cultural relationships between Africa and the West.
Pink Village questions ideas of aid and assistance in Africa. It is a documentation of a performance by Monosov acting the part through a veil of irony.
Performance: LAND FOR SALE, in collaboration with Admire Kamudzengerere
Monosov and Kamudzengerere sit behind a table. They are packaging earth which visitors can buy in small specimen bags reading: “100% pure Pink Village earth.” The artists invite visitors to learn about Pink Village, a place 25km outside of Harare, Zimbabwe whose mud huts were painted pink by a Western artist in 2015.