Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities


Kauru Contemporary African Art presents Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities, a contemporary art exhibition at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg from 10 May - 9 June 2017, curated by Refilwe Nkomo (South Africa) and Thato Mogotsi (South Africa) and mentored by Paula Nascimento (Angola) and Violet Nantume (Uganda).

Currently in its 6th year, !Kauru Contemporary African Art continues to promote cultural diversity and stimulate discourse about issues affecting the continent using contemporary visual arts. The project is supported by the Department of Arts Culture as part of their annual Africa month celebrations programming.

Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities features works by some of the most prominent and emerging female artists from Africa and the African diaspora including Aida Muluneh (Ethiopia), Ato Malinda (Kenya), Dineo Seshee Bopape (SA), Ghada Amer (Egypt), Lebohang Kganye (SA), Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (Kenya), Nandipha Mnthambo (SA), Peju Alatise (Nigeria), Phoebe Boswell (Kenya), Tabita Rezaire (SA/Guyana), Zanele Muholi (SA), Zohra Opoku (Ghana), and the female collective Salooni Collective (Uganda).

Being Her(e) examines the historical and contemporary understandings of what it means to be a female body in contemporary Africa. It implies not only a presence denoted through Being Here but an unmistakable and defiant female presence which articulates itself as unquestionably Being Her. Navigating a historicalisation of the female body which chooses to articulate its presence and impact, Being Her(e) reflects on the act of myth-making in relation to the black female body, embodying and performing womxn and black female interiority. The exhibition addresses various themes including gender, agency, subjectivity, memory, belonging, sexuality, hair and identity.

Public Programs: *All programs are free and open to the public

Being Her(e) Vernissage

Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017

Wednesday, 10 May | 18h00 – 21h00

Walkabout with the Exhibition Curators

Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017

Saturday, 13 May | 11h00 – 13h00

 Being Her(e) Symposium with WITS School of the Arts and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa

Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017

Saturday, 20 May | 09h00 – 16h30

First Thursday Walkabout & Night Picnic with Locrate Market

Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017

Thursday, 1 June | 18h00 – 20h00

 DIVA Artist Talk Series


10 May - 9 June |17h00 – 20h00

School Tours and Workshops

Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017

10 May - 9 June | 10h00 - 14h00


Constitution Hill | 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017

Friday, 9 June | 13h00 – 15h00

Being Her(e): Meditations on African Femininities exhibition will open on 10 May 2017 and will run until 9 June 2017 at the Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2017. Free Admission: Mon - Sun: 09h00 – 17h00.

For more information and full schedule: www.kauru.co.za

Interviews and images available upon request.

For media enquiries: Project Coordinator - Ijeoma Uche-Okeke: ijeoma@kauru.co.za



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