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Re-membering: Memory, Intimacy, Archive

Event organized by IndianSpice

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The Point of Order, Cnr Bertha and Stiemens Street, Noswal Hall, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

The exhibition "Re-membering: Memory, Intimacy, Archive" features works by South African artists Sharlene Khan and Jordache A. Ellapen from their projects titled When the Moon Waxes Red (2016) and Queering the Archive: Brown Bodies in Ecstasy (2016 - ) respectively. In these projects, through the lens of the ‘Indian’ experience, these artists explore and unsettle notions of memory, race, class, gender, and sexuality in post-apartheid South Africa and comment on the nuances and complexities of everyday life in South Africa. For her series, Khan works with different visual media like video-art, digital photography, and needle-lace to produce “visual textured narratives”, which narrate the difficult circumstances experienced by migratory women. Ellapen engages archival studio photographs and digital photographs to produce digital “visual assemblages” that disrupts the heteronormative logics of family, community, and nation. Their works jointly speak to everyday experiences and performativities of identities shaped through the tensions of cultural migrations, familial love, loss and mythologies that are too often simplistically and sentimentally rendered. These entanglements add richness to a segment of South African history that is still lacking.