Curated by Khanyesile Mbongwa
Revisiting The Latent Archive In Sites explores the concept of space as something physically available as memory, history, presence, and spiritual realm. It investigates the intangibility in both the presence of performance and history in recognizing space as a latent archive that can be awakened and re-imagined through art.
The exhibition boasts a mesh of mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography and performance with each medium bleeding into the next with the kind of ease only historically relevant media can achieve to bring forth a mosaic of symmetrical art, excavating mediums of an archive that has the possibility of becoming active by virtue of the artists exploration and interrogation.
Artists showcasing at the exhibition are Bronwyn Katz, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Rory Emmett, Robyn Pretorius, Themba Vilakazi, Lethamaga Richard Mabula, Katlego Tlabela.
With a special performance by Palesa Sibiya and Nique-Floe Sithole as they revisit the pockets of their memory, negotiating the space as well as the relationship between the past and the present .
The audience will witness this moment, where their bodies remember and unpack these chronicles encompassed with poetic storytelling and performance.
Revisiting The Latent Archive In Sites was previously a culmination of two separate exhibitions which are Revisiting Sites and The Latent Archive. Revisiting Sites was showcased at The Hostel and The Latent Archive was showcased at 150 on Long as part of the World Design Capital pop up space. Revisiting Sites was historical reenactment through art; an act of remembering when the country seems to be suffering from National amnesia. How History has taught us nothing about ourselves or we just refuse to learn.’ The Latent Archive dealt with the concept of space through memory, history, presence, and spiritual realm.
2015 saw the exhibitions come together as one outlet under the curatorship of Khanyisile Mbongwa. The exhibition has been showcased at Greatmore Studios and recently at the AVA Gallery and thus plans on exhibiting in many art spaces within the country.
Now has come the time for the exhibition to grace the Joburg Art scene