We the Not-Not People
Donna Kukama is artist-in-residence at Maitland Institute from mid August to mid September. During her occupation of the space, Kukama will present a project titled We the Not-Not People!, a multimedia and interdisciplinary “history book cover” that follows, interjects and revisits moments from an ongoing body of work begun in 2015.
Proposed as a History Book that is not limited to the physical form of bound paper with written text, the body of work has taken the form of performances, text, objects, memories, drawing, installation, and soundings specifically related to monuments/memorials/commemorations for those who absolutely need to be remembered. The book was originally conceived as a tool for questioning and rethinking memorials, monuments, and national commemorations within the South African landscape, and has since presented chapters in a range of other contexts; each chapter physically revisiting sites of violence (physical/discursive, personal/public) directed at and experienced by socially, structurally, and economically marginalized bodies.
Previous chapters in the book:
Chapter Q: Dem Short-Short-Falls (Bijlmerramp Monument, Amsterdam, 2017-2018)
Introduction Here...WE THE PEOPLE! (various towns and cities, South Africa, 2017-ongoing)
Chapter P: The-Not-Not-Educational-Spirits (E.O.T.O. Library, Berlin, 2017)
Chapter U : Me, looking at You, Looking at Me, Looking at You. (PAC Museum, Milan, 2017)
Chapter Y: Is Survival Not Archival? (South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2017)
Chapter L: When Rain Clouds Gathered.. (Cape Town Art Fair Talks, Cape Town, 2017)
Chapter X: A mouthful of Hot Air (When we re-blackened our faces and turned) (New Gate, Jerusalem, 2016)
Chapter F: The Free School for Art and all ‘Fings necessary (South Af
Participating: Donna Kukama
Address: Unit 15, The Meat Factory, 372 Voortrekker Road, Maitland
Hours: Open Saturdays 10:00 - 13:00 or by appointment.
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