Thoroughfair: A Performance Art Evening
Outside Gallery MOMO Cape Town
Cnr. Buitengracht Street and Upper Pepper Street, Bo Kaap
Thursday, 3 August 2017
18:00 – 21:00
For August’s First Thursdays, Gallery MOMO is moving from the gallery into the streets.
Gallery MOMO is proud to present Thoroughfair: A Performance Art Evening. Half-performance art exhibition, half-street party, it’s sure to be a synergetic pageant to open the mind and confound the senses. In homage to the carnivalesque, the art world as we know will be turned upside down. High art becomes street art. Private collection becomes public access. Fools become kings and kings become electric drag queen DJs. The solemnities and etiquettes give way to a celebration of free, creative expression. Join us for sacred/sacral ceremony of dancing, storytelling, boundary-pushing, and space-creating.
This will be the first time that Gallery MOMO is utilizing the service road outside the gallery. Bundle up or deck out to enjoy an evening of performance art, food, wine, and good energy.
19:00 Qiniso Van Damme
19:30 Sonwabile Ngoma
20:00 AJRR (Adam-Jon Williams and Rose Gelderblom Waddilove)
20:30 Francois Knoetze
Quaid Heneke (as Queezy) on the decks all night.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Qiniso Van Damme is an artist of many trades, as an actress, a model, and a scholar. She is currently doing a masters in medical anthropology at the University of Cape Town and acts in the web series, “The Foxy Five.” Van Damme is a model for various abstract and commercial publications part time.
Sonwabile Ngoma is a performance artist and dancer from Cape Town, South Africa. His work explores the struggles of sexuality, identity, and the sustainability of one’s culture under a colonised mind. He studied at The National School of The Arts in Johannesburg and The Cape Academy of Performing Arts in Cape Town. Sonwabile has opened the Naledi Awards with The National School of The Arts in 2013 & 2014 has performed at The National Arts Festival for the past 4 consecutive years.
#AJRR, @AJWRGW or AdamJonRoseRoses is the collective identity of Adam-Jon Williams and Rose Gelderblom Waddilove. As a collective, they create open source performance artworks. This installment is part of the larger project PERFORMANCE; ENGAGEMENT which aims to create reflective moments of inspiration and social change for and with the audience. This has been an ongoing project since 2014 which consists of 7 performance artworks. Other performances include An Open Letter to the Ones I Love and Have Loved Before at the 2017 Cape Town Art Fair and Washing Hands performed in the Portswood Tunnel for V&A Waterfront Museum Night.
Francois Knoetze is a Cape Town based artist whose work incorporates video, performance and sculpture as he retraces the life cycles of discarded objects and explores junctures between material and social histories. Through his sculptural suits, the synthetic is welded to the human – bringing focus to the objectification of persons, through the personification of objects. Most recently, Francois Knoetze completed the Art OMI residency in Hudson, New York.
Quaid Heneke is a performance artist interested in combining house music and queer culture in their performance, a synergy which is not traditionally associated with mainstream culture. “I use my performance to the plant the seed of queer visibility while making everybody want to back flip on the dance floor” says Heneke. Queezy DJ is a project geared to infiltrate typically commercial club spaces with queer bodies, using music as a tool to celebrate our differences together. His methods characteristically involve marginalized techniques as well as the of marginalized members of his Cape Town community. Heneke has received a Degree in BA Fashion Design from CPUT and he has been featured in international publications such as Highsnobiety Magazine and Dazed Digital.