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Bodyland | Cape Town & Johannesburg

Bodyland | Cape Town & Johannesburg

Curated by:

Anelisa Mangcu

Date:

2022

"Bodyland is a play on humanity’s need for geographical markers [e.g.: XhosaLand, Scotland, Switzerland et al. These are markers that suggest imposed grouping and soulful belonging in relation to the land – its history and ecological wants. It offers the artist, upon establishing [or rejecting] this relationship with the land and to embody this knowledge through artmaking. The body becomes the site [or even sight] for much contemplation." - Athi-Patra Ruga, Director - BODYLAND.


The residency was set up to provide a group of 8 creative young socially engaged residents of the Eastern Cape the opportunity to take their work, in whatever medium, to a new level while engaging with the history, natural resources and body/land politics of the Tyhume Valley. The area was centre stage for the Frontier Wars, Ciskei control, home to the University of Fort Hare and now the Black intellectual renaissance of Lovedale Press in relation to contemporary expression. The 14-day residency took place in late 24 October to 7 November 2020 and challenged the artists to engage artistic possibilities within the Tyhume Valley communities.


The selected "Occupants" were immersed in a 12-day high-octane group incubator that began with an overnight excursion and camp exploring the layers of land and heritage embodied in the Tyhume Valley and the broader Amathole area. Upon returning to the residency base at the Hunterstoun Centre in Hogsback, a one-year creative programme under the mentorship of artist Athi-Patra Ruga was initiated. The Occupants were encouraged to meditate with the theme of “Bodyland- a site for contemplation”.


The result is a rarely seen peek into the contemporary art scene that is being imagined by the Eastern Cape province. With the vision of curator Anelisa, an invitation to the audience to engage with some of South Africa's new and important voices working parallel to the metro-based ways of reading and consuming art.

Ghobithyolo

Baz Bailey

2020

Print

93 x 68cm

Available

The death (of a dog) and the rebirth (of a man)

Baz Bailey

2020

Print

93 x 68cm

Available

Isithunywa Sendalo: Umlilo

Sisonke Papu

2022

Canvas

142 x 137cm

Available

Iyeza

Yonela Makoba

2022

Material

142 x 86cm

Available

Isithunywa Sendalo: Umhlaba

Sisonke Papu

2022

Canvas

159 x 139cm

Available

The Interrogator Series II

Wezile Harmans

2022

Tapestry

240 x 92cm

Available

iXhanti LakaNtu - XHOM’ IIMPONDO II

Fundiswa Douw

2022

Sculpture

450x44cm

Available

Isithunywa Sendalo: Amanzi

Sisonke Papu

2022

Canvas

159 x 139cm

Available

Ubusuku obude entlango

Yonela Makoba

2022

Charcoal

113 x 84cm

Available

Umdiyadiya

Wezile Harmans

2022

Video

2:26min (link here)

Available

Ndoda and Child

Baz Bailey

2022

Print

93 x 68cm

Available

Isithunywa Sendalo: Umoya

Sisonke Papu

2022

Canvas

159 x 139cm

Available

Ithemba

Yonela Makoba

2022

Embroidery

128 x 86cm

Available

Artworks

Bodyland | Cape Town & Johannesburg

Curated by:

Anelisa Mangcu

Date:

2022

Baz Bailey

Baz Bailey

1994

Fundiswa Douw

Fundiswa Douw

1994

Sisonke Papu

Sisonke Papu

1992

Wezile Harmans

Wezile Harmans

1990

Yonela Makoba

Yonela Makoba

1993

Artists

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