Re/discovery and Memory
Curated by Karel Nel
28 April – 10 September 2018
Artists: Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Edoardo Villa.
Pulling at Threads
Curated by Owen Martin
28 April – 20 August 2018
Artists: Igshaan Adams, Nick Cave, William Kentridge & Marguerite Stephens, Abdoulaye Konaté, Liza Lou, Ibrahim Mahama, Maria Nepomuceno, Lyndi Sales and Billie Zangewa.
notes on spectrality, sorcery and the spirit
Curated by Portia Malatjie
28 April – 22 October 2018
The exhibition seeks to offer an interventionist reading and grouping of these works in the context of contemporary art and contemporary black thought. It seeks to draw attention to the prominence of a return to the spiritual, and to in fact highlight that there is no return: the spiritual has always been present and prominent, willfully and unapologetically guiding South African artistic practice for centuries. It seeks to ask what strategies can be employed in dealing with the tenuous, albeit widespread spiritual practices in the context of South Africa, and what is at stake in necessarily bringing these questions to the fore?
Artists: Gladys Mgudlandlu, Noria Mabasa, Jackson Hlungwane, Cyprian Shilakoe, Gerard Sekoto, Trevor Makhoba, Dumile Feni, Thomas Kgope, Sithembiso Sibisi, Peter Clarke, Phuthuma Seoka and Billie Mandini.
Gallery 1-9 and Sculpture Garden
Curated by Khanyisile Mbongwa
7, 14 and 28 July 2018 | 13:00-15:00
Historical Glitch explores the social and political dimensions of remembrance and amnesia through a series of live art events taking place over the month of July.
Remembrance is understood as an emancipatory practice, setting up counter memories through art that challenge the history of colonialism, apartheid and homophobia, and facilitating commemoration and recognition of black lived experience and queer identities. Following on scholar Kodwo Eshun, remembrance is a form of resistance to the dominant historical narrative, which has preferred European and heteronormative voices.
To highlight creative practices that initiate remembrance, Historical Glitch will also explore the inverse: the collective amnesia of black and queer voices in the South African archive and contemporary life, a failure to remember events, acts or peoples that have not been advantageous or useful to those in power. Taking as its basis scholar Russell Jacoby’s concept of social amnesia as a conscious erasure of voices, an intentional forgetting, this exhibition seeks to develop a framework for creative practices that investigate and challenge erasure.
Within the context of South Africa’s violent history of colonialism and apartheid, Historical Glitch brings together black and queer musicians, poets and vogue artists who use body, language and touch to explore the complex relationship between amnesia and remembrance in the creation of emancipatory practices.
28 April 2018 – ongoing
Special thanks to all of the artists and the generous support of Everard Read CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town/Johannesburg/London; NIROX Foundation Trust, Johannesburg; STEVENSON, Cape Town/Johannesburg; and WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town.