Futures & Fictions, Visual Cultures Public Programme Autumn 2015
History Will Break Your Heart
Kemang Wa Lehulere in Conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose
Fiction is constitutive to all histories, but how much fiction is needed to fully disarticulate history’s truthfulness? Kemang Wa Lehulere’s work is located within the boundaries of what Michel-Rolph Trouillot calls “two-sided historicity,” building new imaginaries for consisting narratives, protagonists and facts that have felt into historical oblivion. 'Sincerely Yours', the first solo show of the artist in the UK, is the catalyst of a conversation exploring the construction of both personal and collective memories, amnesia and the archive, present in South African social imaginary.
Kemang lives and works in Cape Town. He is a co-founder of Gugulective (2006) and is a founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments (2010), Johannesburg. Select solo exhibitions have taken place at Gasworks, London (2015); Lombard-Freid Projects, New York (2013); Stevenson, Johannesburg (2012) and Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2011).
Chair: Henriette Gunkel
Futures and Fictions explores the political imaginary, the inventing and imaging of alternate narratives and image-worlds that might be pitched against the impasses of the present. The series ranges from future-oriented science fictions and alternative space-time plots to myths and images generated by marginalized and ‘minor’ communities, queer-feminist strategies of fictioning, and the production of new Afro- and other futurisms.
Series Organisers: Henriette Gunkel, Ayesha Hameed & Simon O’Sullivan
The event is free and no booking is required.
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