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Brunch with artist Khanyisile Mbongwa

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Drop by CAT Cologne to meet artist-in-residence Khanyisile Mbongwa over coffee and treats and find out more about the upcoming project "Blueprint".

When there is Nowhere to go, Where is Home?

Blueprint is conceptualized as a curatorial research project that engages with historical legacies and future possibilities of public space, asking questions: What is public space? Who is the public? How do we create public space?

Place/Space making is about identity formation, and as Robert Parks elaborates “ man’s most consistent and on the whole, his most successful attempt is to remake the world he lives in more after his heart’s desire. As such, in making the city man has remade himself.” In this sense, to speak about space (place) is to speak about history making. And as Karl Marx would articulate “men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past.”

The aim of Blueprint, is to draw intersecting lines across continents as we study human flow both as a historic and contemporary happening in how public space can be imagined and created. We use music and performance art as public interventions to engage with public space as an archive of memory, sound and movement. Through these mediums, we examine and explore the emotional response of the physical body as it navigates complex and nuanced ideas of Self and Other, immigrant and nationhood, colonial and decolonial.

We draw on love as a strategy and as a political space to foster new imaginaries, global identities and diasporic identities that exist in contested and precarious bodies that have sailed through the ocean either as slaves or immigrants. We thus return to our questions: What is public space? Who is the public? How do we create public space?

During the course of the project we will explore African sounds and music, and its influences on the contemporary rhythms of the everyday. Blueprint draws from the archive of the International Library of African Music at Rhodes University, but is shaped by local artists and the specifics of the sites and public places with which they engage.

Khanyisile Mbongwa (*1984, Gugulethu) is a Cape Town-based curator. Focusing on performance-based practice, her work engages with the re-imagining of psychological and physical spaces – using photomontage, sound and video. She just completed her Masters in Interdisciplinary Art, public art and public sphere at the Institute of Creative Art/University of Cape Town (UCT) and researches on iRhanga (township alleyways) as public spaces that provide another entry or exit point for thinking about blackness and self. Mbongwa has a strong passion for youth development, which has formed a focus in her work.


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