Presented by West ‘This is not Africa, this is us’ is a triple exhibition and debate taking place as part of Art Rotterdam in February 2014. Held at Kunsthal Rotterdam, Part I showed a monumental video installation by Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai. Part II presented photos by Chiurai with works of South African artists Simon Gush and Kemang Wa Lehulere at Art Rotterdam. Part III a series of black and white films by Gush and chalk mural and a performance by Kemang Wa Lehulere at West’s home base in Den Haag.
On Friday 7 February, Part III opened at West Den Haag, where a new black and white film by Simon Gush can be found. As part of a larger examination of the correlations between labor and society, Gush’s installation highlights the highlights the vulnerability to the pressure of a Calvinist work ethic. Kemang Wa Lehulere (resident at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam) created a new chalk mural around Nat Nakasa’s work, life, exile and death. The opening included a performance by Wa Lehulere called ‘A Native of Nowhere (A Sketch)’.
until 29 March 2014
Above – Kemang Wa Lehulere, A Native of Nowhere (A Sketch), 2014
Simon Gush, After the work stopped, 2014
Simon Gush, Sunday Light, 2014
Simon Gush, Homless Song, 2014
Kemang Wa Lehulere, A Native of Nowhere (A Sketch), 2014
“This is not Africa, this is us” part III installation views at West Den Haag, 2014
Courtesy: the Artists; West Den Haag, Den Haag.