‘Chapter 1: A Carnival’, duration 7 min 34 sec. (still image)

Mbali Khoza2012



Chapter 1: A Carnival, invokes two characters, 'Rap' and 'Diaspora'. The poetry of Lesego Rampolokeng assumes the character of Rap, while Marechera plays Diaspora. Both writers explore language and narrative as tools to reflect on themselves as bodies positioned within the socio-political spaces of the past and present. Having famously stated that he disagrees with everyone and everything, Marechera's style of writing is seemingly not created for an audience. Although from time to time he allows the reader in to his sharp jabs at political issues in Zimbabwe, essentially one gets the sense of reading private notes. In her video, Khoza uses a similar technique. She applies make-up, preparing her joker mask in front of a mirror, for no apparent audience. Occasionally she turns towards the camera, acknowledging its presence but using it as a mirror. Without leaving the frame, she proceeds to remove her make-up, having completed her performance


  • Title: ‘Chapter 1: A Carnival’, duration 7 min 34 sec. (still image)
  • Creator: Mbali Khoza
  • Date Created: 2012
  • Location: South Africa
  • Subject Keywords: 89plus Johannesburg workshop 2015, Authorship, Translation, Language, Decolonization
  • Type: Performance
  • Publisher: 89plus
  • Original Source: Out of Thin Air, Stevenson Gallery
  • Medium: Video
  • Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Date of Birth: 1989
  • Artist Name: Mbali Khoza

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