SMAC Gallery presents a series of podcasts, featuring artists in conversation with curators, writers, collectors, and peers. Produced in South Africa, these conversations take place remotely with participants based both locally and abroad.
In this episode, Bonolo Kavula sits down with Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha to discuss dealing with the fear of the unknown, the importance of perspective, and the personal experiences that informed Kavula’s process leading up to her debut solo exhibition, ‘sewedi sewedi.
In this episode, Frances Goodman and Keely Shinners discuss Goodman’s solo, Uneventful Days, in the days leading up to the exhibition opening. Considering community in times of physical distance, Goodman finds new ways of engaging portraiture through performative self-expression by inviting her subjects to send her self-images taken at home when South Africa experienced social isolation in the height of the Covid pandemic.
In this episode of SMAC Gallery's podcast, Cyrus Kabiru & Amogelang Maledu discuss inspirations behind Kabiru's practice, from Familial experiences to environmentalism, and how his sculptures function between fashion, art, and Afrofuturism.
In this episode of SMAC Gallery's podcast Musa N. Nxumalo & Khanyisile Mbongwa discuss Nxumalo's current exhibition at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town as well as ideas of positionality, blackness and gender based violence in South Africa.
In this Episode of SMAC Gallery's podcast, Amogelang Maledu and Akudzwe Elsie Chiwa discuss ideas of memory and remembrance in relation to Chiwa's personal and familial experiences, through and around the night.
In this episode, Brook Andrew, Artistic Director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney #NIRIN2020 has a conversation with Lhola Amira about their installations at Cockatoo Island as well as The Art Gallery of New South Wales as part of the Biennale.
Lhola Amira’s (@lhola.amira) works address the wounds left by colonization across many disparate contexts, to create spaces for healing through connection to the earth, the ancestral, and the spiritual. Here, Amira creates portals for memory and rejuvenation, where one can step through a beaded curtain onto a ceremonial healing bed of salt, to hear the sounds of singing, to listen and remember.
The artist invites the audience to remove your shoes and stand with your bare feet on the salt, to listen to the music, specifically created to heal and transform the body into a space of wellbeing, ancestral connection, and self-care.
Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from the Sherman Foundation, and assistance from #NIRIN500 patrons
Courtesy the artist and SMAC Gallery
Extended thanks, gratitude, and acknowledgment to the following people who played an integral part throughout the journey of this constellation: Thembsie Mbongwa, Lolita Lungile Mbongwa, Noncedo Gxekwa, Barbara Thandeki, Pieta Magengenene, SMAC Gallery
In this episode of SMAC Gallery's podcast Musa N. Nxumalo and art critic, Sean O'Toole discuss Nxumalo's photographic practice and the limitations the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on the artist's ability to capture black youth culture in the hedonistic moments of social gatherings.