Beautiful rehearsal and preparation last night for our walking tour, Land and Erasure. Here fellow artists Sabelo Mcinziba throws […]
Beautiful rehearsal and preparation last night for our walking tour, Land and Erasure. Here fellow artists Sabelo Mcinziba throws light on the Slave Tree sight.
In this tour, more ceremonial than focused on the gaze, we take the liminal and itinerant, memory and displacement, the silenced and buried, the living and the dead, as starting points for opening the spatial literacies of the cities we inhabit.
Land and Erasure I Bonteheuwel
Bonteheuwel, as part of the Cape Flats, was conceived as a township for the relocation of people who were forcibly removed from places such as Sea Point, District Six and Diep Rivier. Today, Bonteheuwel, like most of the Cape Flats, continues to exhibit the spatial and social legacies of the Group Areas Act, as disinvestment and municipal neglect fail to address the basic needs of residents. It is also an important site of resistance. We visit this space considering the layering of time, the idea of landscape as archive, and dialogue with silenced histories in the making of the present.
Land and Erasure II Central City
In the central city land comes at a premium. It is a scarce resource and foundational to questions such as who can live in the city, whose desires are accommodated in the city, and the city for whom. These elements manifest in the built environment, in modes of visibility and invisibility, as well as in the quiet dynamics of movement, networks, connections, formality and informality. In this walk we visit ongoing processes of “regeneration” in the name of culture and design that is taking place, in the context of the deep inscriptions of time that often are effaced.
Collaborating artists: Nadine Cloete, Colin ‘Boesman’ Meyer, Lucy Campbell, Toni Stuart, Ferdinand Van Tura, Nicole Sarmiento, Ismail Farouk and Sabelo Mcinziba
For full details, download the programme here
Admission to LAND is free, but booking for the events at Prestwich Memorial, the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre, Iziko Slave Lodge, City Hall and the Land and Erasure tours are essential. To book, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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