From May 10 to June 9, 2017, !Kauru Contemporary African Art in conjunction with the Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa and Constitution Hill, will present Being Her(e). The exhibition is a meditation on African Femininities.
Being Her(e) examines the historical and contemporary understandings of what it means to be a female body in contemporary Africa. Invoking the notion of time and temporality as it pertains to women and girls on the African continent, it implies not only a presence denoted through Being Her(e) but an unmistakable and defiant female presence which articulates itself as unquestionably Being Her(e). Navigating a historicalisation of the female body which chooses to articulate its presence and impact, Being Her(e) reflects on the act of myth-making in relation to the black female body embodying and performing women and black female interiority.
Being Her(e) is curated by Refilwe Nkomo and Thato Mogotsi, and mentored by Paula Nascimento and Violet Nantume. Being Her(e) will feature the works of female artists from across the African continent.
Thato Mogotsi is an independent curator based in Johannesburg, with a particular interest in photography and the visual archive. She studied photojournalism and documentary photography at the Market Photo Workshop, and went on to work as a picture researcher and photo-editor in South African media houses. Mogotsi has curated exhibitions at the University of the Witwatersrand, Goethe-on-Main, and the Johannesburg Art Gallery. She is currently co-director at Room Gallery, an independent project space that focus on collaboration and interdisciplinary dialogue with young, emerging artists in the global south and its diaspora.
Refilwe Nkomo is a multimedia artist, educator, curator and activist producing interventions using various mediums including performance, video and text interweaving political and personal narratives. She is the co-founder of We Are Here (WAH), a non-profit organization working with men and boys to dismantle gender based violence and a partner at !Kauru Contemporary African Art. She holds an MA in Arts and Politics from New York University and her work has been presented in New York, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Rio de Janeiro and across South Africa. She is interested in memory and the archive, home, identity, gender, blackness and citizenship.
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