Kenji Paisley Hortensia

Kenji Parsley Hortensia born in Arpajon/ France but from a family of Martinique and Guadaoupe, he is 22 years old and lives in Marseille, giving Hip Hop classes and producing his own music. He began his artistic career after the baccalaureat, participating in the frame of the artistic Campus Sup de Sub in Marseille. Within this contest he met Cristina Kristal Rizzo and was invited to dance in her production TOCCARE the white dance. 

Kenji Parsley Hortensia



(…) Where does history rest, if at all? And how is history reawakened and put into motion? How is it that it finds its grounding, its pacing, its anatomy?


( André Lepecki from Blackening Europe )


These questions might be the starting points of the research project for Leipzig Postcolonial 2022, just to begin to stay out and away from a post colonialist melancholia or an ambivalent sentiment of talking and doing from a European perspective. The contradiction is stil in place and open without rest but the dispositive we are trying to convey is an intimate dialogue and collaboration in-between different bodies of age, skin color, culture, experiences and visions of the future.


Our space will be as open as possible to inventions with dance, music and film, imagining of producing together a sort of Video/Bioptic/SelfInterview/Performance dealing with the real story of a post-colonialist life in transition, trying to convey together questions and discussions on what can possibly be a safe attitude, one that doesn’t exclude from the discussion generational leaps, linguistic obligations, social body contracts, as well as culinary traditions, sleeping traditions, genders differences and singular body histories.


We believe that subjectivities are forged only through mutual recognition and a collective ethics.The first step on the route to a new humanism, an humanism that can be considered valid to the dimensions of the universe, is an ethics of recognition of differences within the postcolonial paradigm.