Zimbabwean-born photographer and artist Kudzanai Chiurai grapples with the intricacies of colonialism and its effects on African nations in his thought-provoking and theatrically posed montages. Following on from his previous exhibitions <em>Revelations</em> (2011) and <em>Genesis [Je n’isi isi] (2016)</em>, in this new series Chiurai further explores the notion that African nations have evolved to support colonial futures.<br />
In <em>We Live in Silence</em> Chiurai takes Mauritanian filmmaker Med Hondo’s critically acclaimed 1967 drama<em> Soleil Ô</em> as a starting point, responding to the colonial mindset encapsulated in the following line from the film: ‘It’s crucial to be able to select individuals capable of speaking as we do, capable of thinking as we do, capable of retaining, of absorbing, yes absorbing words as we do and above all giving them the same meaning, and so there’ll soon be millions of white-washed blacks, white-washed and economically enslaved’.<br />
Chiurai recreates scenes from the film intercut with visual references from popular culture and art historical sources to stage alternative colonial histories and futures that reject the idea that Africans should think, speak and understand language like their colonisers.<br />
The dual exhibition takes place simultaneously across two venues; Goodman Gallery and <a href="https://www.inyourpocket.com/johannesburg/constitution-hill_122823v">Constitution Hill in Braamfontein</a>. Both exhibitions run until October 14.<br />
<strong>Opening event. </strong>The exhibition at <strong>Constitution Hill </strong>opens on Sat Sep 9 from 18:00 and includes the screening of four new films by Chiurai which complement the images and installations on display at both venues, as well as a live music performance.
Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 09:30–17:30, Sat 09:30–16:00, Closed Mon, Sun.Aug 312017
- Oct 142017