Being HER(e): Symposium with WITS School of Arts
Sat, May 20. 7:00AM - 2:30PM
Constitution Hill (South Africa) 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein Johannesburg, South Africa
Please join us for an a Symposium with WITS School of Arts and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa
*All programs are free and open to the public
Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities features works by some of the most prominent and emerging female artists from Africa and the African diaspora including Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Ato Malinda (Kenya), Dineo Seshee Bopape (SA), Ghada Amer (Egypt), Lebohang Kganye (SA), Immaculate Mali (Uganda), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Kenya), Nandipha Mntambo (SA), Phoebe Boswell (Kenya), Tabita Rezaire (SA/French Guiana), Zanele Muholi (SA), Zohra Opoku (Ghana), and the female collective Salooni Collective (Uganda).
Being Her(e) examines the historical and contemporary understandings of what it means to be a female body in contemporary Africa. It implies not only a presence denoted through Being Here but an unmistakable and defiant female presence which articulates itself as unquestionably Being Her. Navigating a historicalisation of the female body which chooses to articulate its presence and impact, Being Her(e) reflects on the act of myth-making in relation to the black female body, embodying and performing womxn and black female interiority. The exhibition addresses various themes including gender, agency, subjectivity, memory, belonging, sexuality, hair and identity.