SWEAT (Kathryn Fischer, featuring Karyka) is an immersive sound installation and performance intervention that premiered at perfocraZe International Artist Residency- [pIAR] in Kumasi, Ghana in March 2021 as part of our group show x7 with with Eryka Dellenbach (USA) collaborating with Martin Toloku (Ghana), Zoë Binetti (Switzerland), Hiroko Tsuchimoto (Sweden), Regina Magdalena Sebald (Germany) collaborating with Richmond Donkor (Ghana), Marlene G Prinz (Austria) collaborating with Adwoa Morgan (Ghana), Amina Gimba (Nigeria).

SWEAT features sonic contributions and auditory imprints from laboring bodies at work, as well as recorded conversations about performance and performativity of the sexual/ized body at work—work as labour of survival and labour of a/Art. The sonic landscape of this work has been woven exclusively from field recordings gathered in and around Kumasi, ultilizing pIAR as first site of home and expanding outwards to synchronistic encounters, intuitively following the body at work. The conversations are less a sonic research archive than they are a means to speak across intersectionalities by anchoring in common space: as sexualized bodies, as working bodies, as artistic bodies and as performative bodies. These are the sounds of sweaty bodies: labouring, dancing, fucking, sacrificing and surviving.

In focus is the auditory and audibility; which bodies can be heard and which bodies are silenced by the audible? What happens in the dark? What is felt or sensed in the quiet space between bodies, placed within and contexualized by the pounding loudness of our sweaty bodies at work?

Heartfelt gratitude to those who contributed so generously in our encounters, including Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi [crazinisT artisT], Mawuenya Bubu Amudzi, Martin Toloku, Onsoh Edward, Eryka Dellenbach, Zoë Binetti, Hiroko Tsuchimoto, Karyka, Jawo Zaria Graba, Adwoa Kesewaa Gaisie, Isshak Fuseini, Muhammedu Abubakari and many others.

photographic documentation by Onsoh Studio