BLANKSPACE: Home as a Parish
©Wamkelekile – You’re welcome, Wezile Mgibe, 2020
Aristotle Roufanis, Gerald Machona, Wezile Mgibe, Lebohang Kganye, Malebona Maphutse, Mohau Modisakeng
June 24th – 7 pm
June 24th – July 22nd 2020
Talk with the curator
Wezile Mgibe and Aristotle Roufanis – June 24th – 7pm | July 8th
Lebohang Kganye – July 1st – 7pm | July 15th
Gerald Machona, Malebona Maphutse and Mohau Modisakeng – July 8th – 7pm | July 22nd
Home as a Parish is an exhibition that explores ideas of familiarity and overfamiliarity through images and sounds that we are constantly in touch with in our homes or safe spaces. It allows us to consider what it means to be in exile while at ‘home’. The objective is to challenge how we see, un—see and engage with the familiar. Those objects within our visible space but that end up relegated to our blindspot. These objects and scenes evolve into a blank space. It explores the beauty within the mundane and how deeper narratives can be manifest through seemingly ordinary and incongruous relationships and familiar associations.
Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nwagbogu was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019. Nwagbogu also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art. Nwagbogu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-18), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Foam Paul Huf Award (2019), Wellcome photography prize (2019) and is a regular juror for organisations such as Lensculture and Magnum.
For the past 20 years, he has curated private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organisations in Africa. Nwagbogu obtained a Masters in Public Health from The University of Cambridge. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Gcotyelwa Mashiqa lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She co-curated the exhibition From the Vault, part of the Stellenbosch Triennale 2020, and When water breaks… (2020), a group exhibition at Greatmore Studios in Cape Town. Between 2016 and 2019, Mashiqa worked for Zeitz MOCAA as a Curatorial Assistant, where she curated the following exhibitions: Still here tomorrow to high five you (Part 1), One Thousand Voices (2019), Now and Then: Guercino and Kudzanai Chiurai (2018), and Mouna Karray’s solo exhibition OFF-THE-AIR (2017). She also worked as Azu Nwagbogu’s assistant curator for Kudzanai Chiurai’s early career retrospective, Regarding the Ease of Others (2017).
Mashiqa is currently studying towards a MA in History: Advanced Issues in Museum and Heritage Studies and Visual History at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.