Curated by the South-African curator Khanyisile Mbongwa, History’s Footnote: on Love and Freedom connects stories of resilience and protest. Put forward in a series of strong art works, these narratives mark the invisible dents in the past and the untold stories that sit at the caucus of history. They resonate the lived experience that echoes through our bones.
History’s Footnote unravels traumas of racial, gender, sexual, and cultural injustices. At the same time the exhibition introduces alternative, emancipatory history. A central theme in the exhibition is the quest for love and freedom to which history serves as a footnote.
‘All those who have been oppressed know that independence doesn’t come with freedom’, Mbongwa says, ‘and those who lack freedom are also denied love’. While History’s Footnote speaks of and to history, it also imagines a future in which we can project a freedom that allows us to know, live and love.
Opening 2 October
On Saturday 2 October from 3 to 6 pm the festive opening of History’s Footnote takes place. Director Valentijn Byvanck, South African curator Khanyisile Mbongwa and a number of participating artists welcome you with a glass of bubbles. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to visit the exhibition. Register via the button below:
Felipe Castelblanco, Nicholas Galanin, Lungiswa Gqunta, Noncedo Gxekwa, Hymn_self, Janaú, Eric Magassa, Nástio Mosquito, Géraldine Tobe, Euridice Kemang Wa Lehulere, Zaituna Kala.
Khanyisile Mbongwa is a Cape Town based independent curator, award winning artist and sociologist. She works with public space in which interdisciplinary and performative practices unpack complexities such as the socio-political, economic, racial and gender-queer nuances of the everyday.
Mbongwa uses creativity to instigate spaces for emancipatory practices, joy and play. In the past, she has worked with Norval Foundation as Adjunct Curator for performative practices, Cape Town Carnival as curatorial and social development advisor and was the Chief Curator of the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020.