Meet the fifteen creators who presented their work at the 89plus Workshop at Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg.
THE WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS
Wang' Thola Collective
Nonkululeko Sharon Mthunzi
Skye Quadling & Karin Tan
Mitchell Gilbert Messina
Andile Brian Pewa
Sibahle ‘Steve’ Nkumbi
“The EP [Kaang] was basically an exploration of Sotho poetry and music. I am Sotho, and am from Lesotho. We were drawing a lot of comparisons from Lesotho and Reunion—Lesotho being an island surrounded by land, and Reunion Island, an island surrounded by water—and a lot of the mystical aspects and cultural practices like 'servis kabaré' which is quite similar to the sangoma practices that we have here.”
—Neo Mahlasela aka Hlasko, composer and sound artist
“My interest is in exhibitions in museums and the cultures surrounding that, i.e. the practices of opening events, receptions. ”
—Megan Mace, visual artist
“What we [Wang’ Thola] are about, is basically instigating conversation and documenting that conversation as a history of the present.”
—Wang’ Thola Collective, artist-run initiative
“The next time someone google’s the word lesbian, they will find ‘Sicka’, or Sharon there and not the hate crimes, so the positive side of the LGBTI.”
—Nonkululeko Sharon Mthunzi aka 'Sicka Star-ban Jones', musician, sangoma, LGBTI activist
“I was really interested in this idea of translating a language. I met a man who spoke a language that was never written, only spoken. I used phonetics from Zulu (I speak Zulu) to try and create this language.”
—Mbali Khoza, visual and performance artist
“I did this project to raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of [the South African street drug] ‘nyaope’, what it can do to a person, how it destroys lives, destroys families and the life of [the] user…so I was also focusing on the things that nyaope guys were destroying; things that they were taking, or stealing.”
—Lindokuhle Sobekwa, visual artist
African Youth Collective
“Being a kid of privilege, you’re given so much in terms of money, so much more access and yet you are given so little … what’s my position? What do I have to say about the world?”
—Thando Sangqu, writer
“Most of my body of works relies on coming up with ideas for works rather than actually making works.”
—Mitchell Gilbert Messina, visual artist
“I am interested in everyday issues.”
—Nyakallo Maleke, visual artist
"I am trying to show different living spaces by taking portraits of family members and neighbours.”
—Andile Brian Pewa, visual artist
“For a very long time my recent applications have been with space, and how space is produced and unfolded by relations that individuals, and collectives have with structures and space.”
—Mika Conradie, researcher and curator
Why 6 is Afraid of 7?, a short poem and Lebogang Mashifane's contribution to the Protest against the Disappearance of Handwriting project by Hans Ulrich Obrist on Instagram.
The 89plus Johannesburg workshop was initiated by 89plus co-curators Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist, in collaboration with publishing platform Another Africa, and its founder, Missla Libsekal. They were joined by 89plus art residency participant and South African emerging artist, Bogosi Sekhukhuni.
This project was made possible with the support of Google Cultural Institute.
With thanks to the following individuals and institutions for their support:
Joost Bosland, Liza Esser, STEVENSON Gallery, Goodman Gallery, Rangoato Hlasane, Keleketla! Library, Malose Malahlela, Kabelo Malatsie, Molemo Moiloa, VANSA, Zanele Muholi, Gabi Ngcobo, Mikhael Subotzky and more.