Thursday, August 10, 2017

"Sa koša ke lerole"

2017
Presented at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Images courtesy the artist and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival

Mixed media installation
Archival photographs, collaged wallpaper, video projection, video monitors, sound 
installation, timeline featuring ongoing research into Southern African and chorale 

history, recorded interviews, recorded music videos, flower stickers





The Polokwane Chorale Society, which was previously called Seshego Chorale Society, is based in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa. It has been in existence since 1978 - the first and longest living adult choir in the Limpopo region.
In the past 40 years, the choir has been able to establish itself as a major choral group locally and a force to be reckoned with nationally. The choir is an honoured feature at social events such as funerals, weddings, graduations, private functions and larger public interventions, such as Walter Sisulu’s and Peter Mokaba’s funerals. Having now downsized to 20 members, the choir no longer competes, but have left a legacy of having excelled in choir festivals nationally and internationally.

This work is a travelling museum that celebrates the contribution of chorale music to the rich cultural history of South Africa. Having grown up with chorale music in both ears, as my father was in the choir and my mother a onductor and director for many years, it evokes my first ideas of positive representation while acting as a nostalgic memory of community held within the music.
It consists of a series of memorabilia, reflections, music video’s, collage as well as a timeline featuring extensive research into chorale and political history in Southern Africa.










"Mabu, Mubu, Mmu"

2017
Presented at Palazzo Contarini Polignac for the Future Generation Prize exhibition at the Venice Biennale
Images: Sergei Illin
Images courtesy the artist and the Pinchuk Art Center

Mixed media site-specific installation 

Moulded and compressed soil structures created from locally sourced soils, feathers, brass uterus forms, clay pieces moulded by a clenched fist, 18 carat gold leaf, loose soil, healing herbs





"AND - IN. THE LIGHT OF THIS. _________"

2017
Solo presentation of works at the Darling Foundry Montreal
Images courtesy the artist and the Darling Foundry


Mixed media site-specific installation
Moulded and compressed soil structures, feathers, brass uterus forms, clay
pieces moulded by a clenched fist, flowers, white fabric, 18 carat gold leaf,

loose soil, healing herbs









"Mabu, Mubu, Mmu"

2017
Presented at the Pinchuk Art Center for the Future Generation Prize exhibition
Images Sergei Illin
Images courtesy the artist and Pinchuk Art Center


Mixed media site-specific installation 

Moulded and compressed soil structures created from locally sourced soils, feathers, brass uterus forms, clay pieces moulded by a clenched fist, 18 carat gold leaf, loose soil, healing herbs









"Lerole: The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting"

2017
Mixed media installation presented at the Wiener Festwochen 2017
Images courtesy the artist and Wiener Festwochen

Mixed media installation 
100 wooden plaques, 2000 clay clumps moulded by clenched fists, bricks, vinyl players and recordings of significant bodies of water on and around the African continent, used construction bricks, adobe bricks, sand bricks, loose sand, red and black oxide powder, rocks, stones





"+/-1791 (monument to the haitian revolution 1791)"

2017
Mixed media installation produced by Sharjah Art Foundation for the Sharjah Biennale 2017
Images courtesy the artist and Sharjah Art Foundation

Mud/dung bricks; 3 types of locally sourced clay - white, black, red, white ; sea water; red soil, grey soil, yellow soil, black soil; soil from Morrocco, Madagascar, Cairo, Cape Town; herbs: bushes of sage as well as healing herbs; cowrie shells, crystals, one morrocan wooden ladle; 18 carat gold leaf; blue string; red fabric; gasoline; glass jars; plastic bottles; charcoal, plastic buckets, wooden poles





"Sedibeng (It Comes With the Rain)"


2017
Presented as part of 'Blind Date', a group exhibition held by Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut 
Images courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery

Mixed media installation
Steel structures, LED string lights, feathers, printed images, cardboard, large rubber band, flower stickers, healing herbs, slide projection, overhead projector



Sedibeng, it comes with the rain consist of structures that evolved from an earlier sculpture looking at abstracted (global) archetypal symbols of masculinity and femininity, as well as abstracted sketches of the uterus.


Materials used include womb healing herbs, black feathers, metal, green potters' foam, images of ripe fruit, extracts from the previous sculpture from whence it developed, animal hide, light and others. The work also hosts within it another piece untiled(hands) (2016), which often 'stands' independently – other times within other constellations. The slide show is of a hand holding, grabbing, throwing, caressing ceramic rocks made of clay, formed by the hand squishing/casting clay inside a fist.