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Performance Lecture: “Welcome to Johannesburg” by Zahira Asmal

August 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


Norval Foundation is proud to host Zahira Asmal’s performance lecture “Welcome to Johannesburg“, as we close the exhibition of “Labour of Many” by Ibrahim Mahama, the immersive installation hosted in gallery eight. 

Venue: Gallery 8


Johannesburg, the largest city of South Africa, is in many ways a fragmented layered city, its diverse history is crystallised in architecture full of contrast. Generally, African nationals are subjected to poor and violent conditions in South African cities. To unravel that harsh division requires a radical change in the conceptual operating mode and involves creating new overlaps by an integrative project that will re-script the city, play with it and build it to tell a story that defines the city’s identity. In 2013, Zahira Asmal initiated a place-making project at Johannesburg’s prominent Park Station in collaboration with the City of Johannesburg. Every day, one million people from various parts of the country and the continent use the station for their commute and transfer. As an urbanist, Zahira grasped the opportunity to reimagine underutilised spaces and to mark a cultural and symbolic “welcome” to the city and the entire country. As an important gesture, Zahira commissioned the celebrated Ghanaian-British architect, Sir David Adjaye to design a pavilion to be placed at a prominent site at the precinct. Zahira’s performance lecture outlines the milestones in the development of the project and emphasises challenges faced by women of colour making place in South African cities.

The lecture is free to attend with museum admission. 

Images courtesy of Zahira Asmal. Portrait by Elske Kritzinger. 



August 4
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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