3 June: Installation of video Simnikiwe Buhlungu

21 June: Session Staci Bu Shea (Falke)

Artist contribution to HART Magazine on invitation of Jessica Gysel 

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Projected on the freestanding screen on wheels we installed a film by Simnikiwe Buhlungu, My Dear Kite (You Can But You Can’t) – Late Yawnings. Recorded during the pandemic, the work attempts to make sense of the socio-cultural consequences that arise during times of confusion and uncertainty, as well as the artist’s bodily and geographic [dis]placement from Johannesburg, South Africa, having recently moved to The Netherlands. The work raises questions about what it means to be a creative practitioner, to stay productive and the (in)ability to respond artistically.

I saw this video during one of the few openings I attended last summer, in the group exhibition A future unknown to me except as the whisper of a plea, curated by Sergi Rusca at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam. I remember having quite a visceral reaction, it’s a super short video with a broad register of emotion and situated reflection.

The video was published on 30 April 2020 as part of "Artists in Quarantine" a project initiated by L'Internationale.

Simnikiwe Buhlungu. My Dear Kite (You Can But You Can't) - Late Yawnings 01h43 from L'internationale online on Vimeo

Simnikiwe Buhlungu is an artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. With a keen interest in how knowledge is produced, by whom and how it is disseminated, Buhlungu locates both socio-historical and everyday phenomena by navigating these questions and their inexhaustible potential answers. Through this process, she maps points of cognisance, i.e. How do we come to know?,     which situate various layers of awareness as syncopated and reverberated ecologies. Lately, she has been listening to mbaqanga music, thinking about apiaries, and seeking contributions to Simunye Resource Works, a publishing house that is forever yet-to-exist.

I see / You Mean in HART magazine #225
Falke Pisano: Where should we begin?
Each month Jessica Gysel invites an artist to occupy space under the title I See / You Mean. A nod to the title of the 1970 "collage novel" by New York writer Lucy Lippard, an editorial snapshot, a "carte blanche" with an open ending.