I was recently interviewed about my show, Fail Deadly at Goethe on Main, by Michelle Constance on SAFM. Here is the transcript in which I speak about the history behind this project as well as the origin of the Black Landscape series:
'The more one takes in the work with regard to its historical contextualization, the more broader ideas percolate and bubble to the surface of consciousness...Like the so-called evidence that forms its basis ‘Fail Deadly’ with its small but carefully curated selection of pieces raises more questions than it answers but that in itself is part of its appeal and intellectual reward. It provides an elegant demonstration of the cliché that sometimes less is more, more or less. It doesn’t tell you what happened in the middle of the ocean at the edge of the world in September 1979 but it certainly shows you that something did. Something still important enough that it’s on a need-to-know basis and according to someone, no one needs to know'.
Full text on Artthrob.
I recently interviewed South African artist Monique Pelser on the occasion of her latest exhibition, Conversations with my Father, at the Grahamstown National Arts festival in the Alumni Gallery of the Albany Museum, 2015.
The full interview can be found on Artthrob.
I recently wrote a review for Artthrob on this years Standard Bank Young Artist Kemang Wa Lehulere. Out of the many South African artists dealing with history, I have found Lehulere's work to be the most engaging.
"The continued re-examination of the still incomplete canon of artists who have not received the recognition they deserve remains urgent and this exhibition furthers the importance of Wa Lehulere’s work at this time. The perspicacious manner in which Lehulere converses with present and past, questioning memory and history, prompts us...to participate in excavating all the layers of our history".
The entire review can be read here.
In 2014 I participated in the Boda Boda cross-continental Video Art Festival. Taking place in over 15 spaces throughout the African continent (including Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde and Uganda) the festival included a video extract from my current project entitled Banned, which uses video footage appropriated from films censored during apartheid. In two of the participating countries namely Uganda and Zimbabwe, both of which have stringent anti homosexual laws, there were issues around some of the content of the work. This led to the work being censored outright in Zimbabwe and eventually shown in Uganda despite tensions around this decision.
As part of the Boda Boda Lounge project publication I wrote a response to this incident in a section called On Censorship, accompanied by essays from Alex Lyons and Mthabisi Phili. The publication also features contributions by Portia Malatjie, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Euridice Kala, Jude Anogwih, Ezra Hube, Erick Musimanje, Molemo Moiloa, Shehab Awad, Elizabeth Giorgis and Patrick Mudekereza.
The complete publication can be found here.
I recently contributed to a great essay in Harvard Design Magazine titled 'Between the Tides of Apartheid.' Written by Pierre Belanger with the assistance of Professors Jean and John Comeroff, it examines some the research regarding separate amenities I conducted during my MFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. Harvard Design Magazine is published twice yearly by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
The full essay can be found here.
Installation view: Photoglobal exhibition at the SVA Gramercy Gallery New York City. Curated by Lyle Rexer with participating artists Jean Bettingen, Nima Chaichi, Emmeline De Mooij, Shuruq Harb, Matthieu Lavanchy, Charlotte de Mezamat, Andy Moynehan, Anna Orlowska, Keren Shavit, Quentin Shih, and Saana Wang.
More info here.