THEME: Urbanity and Afrofuturity
To all survivors; even in times of pain, you will find your breath again, your head will float above the waters again, and you will laugh, and love again. You are capable of so much in your life despite what you have gone through. In the words of Machel, “You will live long.”
Using the various digital applications to extend reality (XR), “Bokamoso Tota” aims to further digitize the underlying concepts from the presiding physical exhibition; this digital extension will favor the topics around Africaness, metaphysicality, and coexistences
How Histories That Matter May Meet: Saartjie meets Uyinene over mountains under ants, with Two Boy Ogres an Old Bird, and a Future
You are invited to join a Zoom meeting that brings together Histories That Matter. It is a meeting of Sarah Baartman, Uyinene Mwretyana, sky and Alp mountains, land and significantly insignificant ants, earth and breath, two boys and an ageless bird, in Her realm. Feel free to interact.
The Virtual Bassmint Archive
This experiential archive is set in a series of fictional rooms modelled after real parkades and basement parking spaces found around Johannesburg. The venue is explored and walked around using keyboard and mouse controls while the user experiences snippets of selected Virtual Bassmint performances.
THEME: Queer Subjectivities and Vulnerability
Arafa C Hamadi
“I am non-binary and a queer person, which means I technically do not exist.” LETU (“ours” in Kiswahili) presents two digital worlds specifically created to host two East African non-binary bodies, existing through the freedom that is only afforded to us when we enter the digital/online space.
Kwanele Finch Thusi
i dont know what to be remembered for anymore
This work experiments with reforming pseudo narratives of black bodies. I seek to transform the black body into the cosmos, eternal and seen as sites beyond spectrum, imagination and possibility. It is a space in which we can reaffirm who we can be.
Dark Cell : Breathe
Inspired by my 2012 solo “Dark Cell” which used a prison cell as a metaphor for mental imprisonment, “Breathe” further investigates this subject on a personal and psychological level.
Ukuzala – Ukuzelula!
Ukuzala – Ukuzelula! is loosely translated as “Through procreation, one is stretching one’s bones” or “To give birth is to stretch myself”. In this work I recognise the process of marriage and child bearing in three pillars: integrity, respect and endurance.
THEME: Cultural Shape Shifting and Transformation
We Don't Die We Multiply: Siyagoduka Ka Spaceship Babez
“That which has been is that which shall be and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which men say ‘see this is new?’ It has already been in the ages that were before us.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9.
REWRITING GENESIS dreamily reimagines the Abrahamic origins of humankind in the modern day by creating moments of tenderness between Lilith & Eve, the two women believed to have been at the beginning of time.
Hesi Keresiya is an ongoing inquiry of the self and a reference to an old postcolonial Zimbabwean play time rhyme; evidence of how Zimbabweans adjust English names to suit their context. I am interested in understanding the power that storytelling and images have on preserving culture.
The Exorcism of Mary Magdalene: A Sexual Ressurection
An exploration of belonging, through a liminal state of placelessness. I propose, through performance, transgenerational narratives exist in our bodies. They become an ancestral visual montage haunting us in our dreams, thought and the performativity of our ancestral, private/public identity.
The Cutting Room Project
A collaborative project between Lesiba Mabitsela and Ilze Wolff of Wolff Architects. This multi-disciplinary project aims to bring the three-piece tailored suit into dialogue with its site of making (in this case, the Rex Trueform garment manufacturing factory in Salt River, Cape Town.)
negra| a pseudo ( cross out ) fluxus score + visual essay woman is cow | a salute to Victoria Santa Cruz and all black African females whose wokeness is yet to come !
Ingoma kaTiyo Soga
The Ingoma kaSoga films are shot at Mgwali and Thuthura village where Reverend Tiyo Soga respectively practised as a black theologian and writer. The films focus on oral histories and community histories of both the historic landscapes.
Oupa Sibeko & Nicola Pilkington
A Sea Inland: 360
A 360-degree performance video exploring one’s relationship to the sea. This performance is part of a series of investigations by Sibeko into the prevalent phenomenon of bottled seawater inland cities in South Africa, for healing and spiritual purposes.
is’zungu es’zungezayo is an audio-visualised collage of thoughts and harsh longings. it thinks itself through the objects leaned onto; that orientate towards, guide with, move from, and wake this woeful spirit. it thinks of thinking of itself, and how painful an experience all of this can be.
Luke De Kock
Location/Lokasie is a dance production about two South African men from the Cape Flats (Bonteheuwel) who are from the same family, on a journey of discovery. They are connected by blood, but separated by the lives of their fathers.
Dicing For Bread
Dicing for bread is an audio visual exploration and reaction to what the dicing table has become during this COVID19 pandemic. Experiencing the dicing table, the dense tension in the air when the stakes are high is very tangible. One only hopes the next roll is their winning roll.
The Blunt Blades of Bravado
Using byte size extracts from the film with the same title, this web experience aims to arouse emotions within the viewer and encourage critical thought about the nature behind “violent” or “reactive” stereotypes placed on so-called coloured people.
A glimpse of the painstaking effort it takes to build a shack home. The viewer is taken into confidence to witness this construction something that for many black South Africans, is an intimate ritual on which their very survival and dignity rests. Once constructed the shack on wheels travels from Khayelitsha to the Cape Town CBD.
How much do you weigh?
400 years, 39 000 voyages, 2 million bodies under the Atlantic Ocean. Push, drag, dig, thrust. How much do you weigh is a historical exploration, reimagination and reconstruction of one of the many diasporic typologies of Home.
Wamkelekile - The Politics of Displacement
Wamkelekile is a greeting used upon someone’s arrival, in most cases at home. In this project, the artist explores the dynamics of the site and of home and interrogates the concept of belonging using performative angles as a tool to question social and domestic issues.