(Cape Town, South Africa)
Following a series initiated in 2015, with “The Poetry in Between: South-South”, Goodman Gallery presents this Saturday, January 28th, the exhibition “South-South: Let me begin again”, which unites artists from the Global South—places such as Cuba, Brazil, South Africa and others. Featuring artworks by 21 artists, including PIPA Prize 2016 winner Paulo Nazareth and the finalists Gustavo Speridião and Thiago Martins de Mello, the exhibition was curated by Renato Silva and Lara Koseff and runs until March 4th.
Taking as its starting point the meeting of Nelson Mandela and Fidel Castro in Cuba 25 years ago, in July 1991, the group show aims to investigate how the progressive ideologies being embraced in the Global South at the time (“How far we slaves have come!”, Castro is said to have exclaimed during this encounter), have unfolded or collapsed. After all, dreams further deferred, tenuous diplomatic breakthroughs between enemy states, dissident voices, state control, unfinished projects, presidents on trial, lingering mass inequality and institutional racism, as well as looming neo-colonialism, are all still present in the 2017 realities of the countries discussed by the exhibition.
The exhibition, however, sees this as an opportunity not to admit defeat, but to recover what has been lost: to “rethink the misrepresented or misunderstood; confront the seemingly irreversible; tackle unfinished projects and traverse unending beginnings”, as stated in the introductory text to the show. The “myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor” has already been defeated, as Mandela stated in his historical encounter with Fidel Castro; it’s time to move forward.
“South-South: Let me begin again”, featuring Los Carpinteros, Flávio Cerqueira, Elizabet Cerviño, Ângela Ferreira, Carlos Garaicoa, Kendell Geers, Haroon Gunn-Salie, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Grada Kilomba, KutalaChopeto, Paulo Nazareth, Sisipho Ngodwana, Antônio Obá, Rosana Paulino, Wilfredo Prieto, Tracey Rose, Gustavo Speridião, Maria Thereza Alves, Coco Fusco, Binelde Hyrcan, Thiago Martins de Melo and Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo
Curated by Renato Silva and Lara Koseff
On view from January 28th to March 4th
Opening: Saturday, March 28th, 5 p.m.
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