10 Dumbreck Rd, Bellahouston, Glasgow G41 5BW
This exhibition was due to take place during Glasgow International 2020, 23 April – 10 May, which has been postponed due to the Covid-19 crisis. The festival will be re-staged in 2021 with dates to be announced.
This pair of conceptually linked solo exhibitions comprises The Divine Sky by Sekai Machache and “…Wathint’ Imbokodo” by Thulani Rachia. Machache works with a wide range of multi-media including but not exclusive to photography. Her photography often uses body paint and muted lighting to create theatrically staged images. Rachia’s interdisciplinary practice combines architecture, performance, and visual arts, exploring the ways that place and history relate to identity, culture, and memory.
Making reference to Your Silence Won’t Protect You, a posthumously published collection of essays, speeches, and poems by African American writer Audre Lorde, the exhibitions piece together fragments, histories, and mythologies as a form of resistance against the daily, systematic oppression experienced by people of colour.
Those stories created for our sublimation assume a single state, a single story.
Quantum superposition is a state in which a particle or waves can exist in two positions in space simultaneously.
As Africans who live in the diaspora, this state of being, of occupying multiple spaces is fundamental to our experience. This state of being here there, now then, corporal transcendental.
We piece things together to make sense of the whole. These things, fragments, histories and mythologies become our stories – created as a form of resistance, through a conservation of our traditions, ideas and beliefs.
These stories are multi-dimensional and speak of shared and disparate perspectives from the continent and its diaspora.
Curated by Katherine Ka Yi Liu
Supported by Glasgow International