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Historical Glitch Vol. 2: .RE-MEMBERING
September 5 @ 2:00 pm - September 7 @ 6:00 pm
One event on 6 September 2019 at 12:00pm
One event on 7 September 2019 at 12:00pm
Historical Glitch Vol.2 explores the social and political dimensions of remembrance and amnesia through a series of live art events taking place during September.
Russell Jacoby speaks of social amnesia as a result of “forcible repression of memories, ignorance, changing circumstances, or forgetting that comes from changing interests”. Alessandra Tanesini argues that social amnesia has been said to reflect “the tendency of American penology to ignore history and precedent when responding to the present or informing the future… discarded ideas are repackaged; meanwhile, the expectations for these practices remain the same.” Protest, folklore, “local memory”, and collective nostalgia are counter forces that combat social amnesia.
Historical Glitch Vol.2 examines Remembrance as commemoration, memory, recognition, recollection, reminiscence and nostalgia. Remembrance is understood, not as the spectacularized politics of memorialization of the past and it’s imbrication in the deep and often unnamed politics of collective memory, but as an emancipatory practice. Remembering as an act of counter-memory. As Kodwo Eshun writes “it has been necessary to assemble counter memories that contest the colonial [and apartheid] archive thereby situating the collective trauma of slavery [and apartheid] as the founding moment of modernity”.
Historical Glitch Vol.2, we look through the lens of sangoma practices and queer identity politics in undoing historical traumaswhilst negotiating ways of being in the present. These interventions allow for a space to examine the types of futures imagined through emancipatory practices. The exhibition is presented in two separate interventions, that will take place throughout Norval Foundation.
.RE-MEMBERING – by diopmawu
From Thursday, 5 September to Saturday, 7 September 2019
This particular installation examines the trauma of this country and continent through the fairytale of Rapunzel. Rapunzel: a girl kept captive in a tall tower, whose heritage of royalty was kept from her, and whose long locks of hair with magic and healing powers were denied to her. Her story is our story. With this story we are reminded of the gifts of this land.
Our offering is for our collective pain, both ancient and more recent. It is for the violence – that which is inflicted on us, and that which we inflict upon ourselves. It is for the killings of our bodies, our spirits, our cultures, our traditions, and our rituals. It is for the annihilation of our earth.
It is a chanting, an incantation, a mourning, a moment of silence, a prayer – a ritual for the healing of us all. It is the beckoning of the seen and unseen, the known and unknown and a calling for our spirits back.