Meet the fifteen creators who presented their work at the 89plus Workshop at Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg.
“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
“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
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.