The opening of Buhlebezwe Siwani’s ‘Indlovukazi’ and Sikhumbuzo Makandula’s ‘In Search of a Nation’ in collaboration with Moffat Takadiwa takes place at Njelele Art Station on Thursday 28 April 2016, from 6pm until late.
It will be an evening of performance, art and music, that will mark the third year of Njelele Art Station, with appearances by Sinyoro (Nhare DzeChirorodziva), Philo (Verseless), Moto Mzhinji (The Monkey Nuts), DJ Dawe (SWS Crew), DJ Nize and a host of other artists. Mapping Projections by Kombo Chapfika.
Buhlebezwe Siwani : Indlovukazi
‘Indlovukazi’ explores the ambiguity of survival in the city, the paradox of the body’s decay, explicitly its resistance and its propensity to degenerate.
Buhlebezwe Siwani interrogates the decay of the body and place through her lineage, the memory of Johannesburg and her family’s relationship to it. Focusing on the trace – what has been left behind, by whom and how it eventually disappears, Siwani presents the matriarchs in her family as subjects creating a space where they investigate their own traces. She presents these women as liminal beings – dead and alive, accessible and inaccessible with the intention of making sense of her own subjectivity.
‘Indlovukazi’ is a personal and political homage that incorporates performance, print and installation.
Sikhumbuzo Makandula: In Search of a Nation
‘My grandmother narrated to me how she was healed of a mysterious illness by sending hair strands in an envelope from De Aar to strangers in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia)’
‘In Search of a Nation’ is an introspection of self and country, performed in public space, investigating questions around migration, foreignness, atrophy and healing. The exhibition traces and negotiates cultural exchange and spirituality between South Africa and Zimbabwe. Through oral history, Sikhumbuzo Makandula explores postcolonial African identities in space, mediated by performance that is embedded in ritualism and indigenous cultural signifiers.
In a collaborative performance with Zimbabwean artist Moffat Takadiwa who elevates detritus into sculptural form, Makandula will lead a procession through the city of Harare to Njelele Art Station. Together they explore the continuity of relations through objects that pass across borders highlighting the interconnection of modernity and coloniality. These found objects/excretes form the metastasis of postcolonial urbanity.
‘In Search of a Nation’ forms a complex dialogue articulated through performance art, print, video, sound and installation.