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Panel discussion - Immersive Matters: Practices in Dreams and Water



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Photograph of the exhibition 'Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness', showing the artist's sculpture 'Ntabamanzi' made from barbed wire and blue wool. The sculpture is designed to look like a wave breaking against the wall of the gallery.

Join us for an online panel discussion convened and chaired by Thulile Gamedze with Nombuso Mathibela and Zayaan Khan. As practitioners working with water, ocean, dreams, or ancestral presence, the talk parallels Lungiswa Gqunta’s concerns in Sleep in Witness, discussing cosmological frames for understanding these life forces beyond the limits of coloniality.

About the speakers

Thulile Gamedze is a Johannesburg-based cultural worker – producing writing, curricular, and drawing – interested in the dialogic possibilities that emerge through the collapse of disciplinary structures. She has written for online and print-based publications including for Documenta 14, the 10th Berlin Biennale, and iterations of Rencontres de Bamako, The Thinker, South Atlantic Quarterly, Radical Philosophy, Johannesburg Workshop of Theory and Criticism’s The Salon , as well as in the creative journal March International. She teaches irregularly at the University of the Witwatersrand in art history, and is a member of Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI).

Nombuso Mathibela is a cultural worker, independent writer, educator and vinyl selector. She is a member of the African Eco-feminist collective, an autonomous anti-capitalist group started in 2013 by African feminist organisers, academics, researchers, and grassroots activists, all working on the intersections of gender, economy and ecological justice on the continent of Africa. Mathibela is the cultural political educator of the collective. Her work aims to question and account for the cultural instincts that inform Black sonic aesthetics through dance and performance.

Zayaan Khan works as an artist using local urban and ecological relationship/s to understand the elements that build ecosystems. Through curiosity, research, experimentation and engagement, her work finds a resting place through food as a means of understanding the world, particularly seed, land and our collective heritage. Influenced by tradition, both inherited and the creation of new ones, reclaiming culture and reviving tradition through progressive interpretation in order to enact a listening of the future and a steady present survivalism. She is currently completing her PhD entitled, ‘From seed-as-object to seed-as-relation’ through the Environmental Humanities South at the University of Cape Town.


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Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness
A woman walks through Lungiswa Gqunta’s sculpture 'Ntabamanzi', made from barbed wire and blue wool. The sculpture is designed to look like a wave breaking against the wall of the gallery.


Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness

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