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BOGOSI SEKHUKHUKI

 

home school and Yale Union are excited to host Bogosi Sekhukhuni, a South African conceptual artist who explores the intersection of technology and spirituality, capitalism’s exploitation of ancestrally-embedded biological and cognitive structures, and what it means to take utopian proposals seriously.

Join us on Saturday 4 May 2019, 5-7pm at Yale Union (800 SE 10th Ave) for a screening of Sekhukhuni’s work, followed by a discussion between the artist and manuel arturo abreu, co-facilitator of home school. As always, this engagement is free and open to the public, and livestreamed and archived online for distance learning at homeschoolpdx.tumblr.com. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

Exploring African diasporic perspectives on technology and design, national consciousness, and digital capacities for utopia, Sekhukhuni calls on aspects of pop and the occult, which act as tools for self-healing and the mining of collective trauma. Sekhukhuni as such presents a selection of video works that examine the potential of digital spells, the generative power of dreams, and takes a critical posture toward the presuppositions of afrofuturism.

This programming owes its existence to a model curated and organized by Hanna Girma in Dec 2018 for MoMA Modern Mondays, featuring a screening of Sekhukhuni’s work followed by a discussion between the artist, abreu, and Girma.

On the occasion of Bogosi Sekhukhuni’s first time on the west coast, home school organized a tour centered on Sekhukhuni’s moving image work. Sekhukhuni is a South African conceptual artist who explores the intersection of technology and spirituality, capitalism’s exploitation of ancestrally-embedded biological and cognitive structures, and what it means to take utopian proposals seriously. Exploring African diasporic perspectives on technology and design, national consciousness, and digital capacities for utopia, Sekhukhuni calls on aspects of pop and the occult, which act as tools for self-healing and the mining of collective trauma. He presents a selection of video works that examine the potential of digital spells, the generative power of dreams, and a critique of the presuppositions of afrofuturism. Following the screening, home school co-director manuel arturo abreu will lead a discussion with Sekhukhuni. This programming owes its existence to a model curated and organized by Hanna Girma in December 2018 for Modern Mondays at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Documentation:

LAXART

ALLEY CAT BOOKS

STORIES

PRB (Brandon Drew Holmes had an emergency– Jasmine Nyende read in their stead)

Bogosi Sekhukhuni (b. 1991, Johannesburg) describes himself as a ‘lightworker’. He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the ‘tech-health artist group’ NTU and has worked with the CUSS Group collective. His most recent project is a ‘visual culture bank and research gang’ called Open Time Coven, which investigates ’emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies’.

Recent group exhibitions include The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics at the New Museum, New York (2019), I Was Raised on the Internet at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018); Afrotopia, Rencontres de Bamako: African Biennale of Photography in Mali (2017); Americans 2017 at Luma Westbau (2017); Art/ Afrique, le nouvel atelier at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2017); Full Disclosure at Steve Turner, Los Angeles (2016); the 2nd Kampala Biennale in Uganda (2016); the 9th Berlin Biennale, Germany (2016); the Dakar Biennale in Senegal (2016). In 2015 Sekhukhuni showed work as part of the 89+ Prospectif Cinéma programme at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen at Tate Modern, London; Co-Workers – Network as Artist at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; and Filter Bubble at the LUMA Foundation’s Westbau in Zürich, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets. Before that he participated in a number of group shows in South Africa, including In the night I remember (2013) and A Sculptural Premise (2014), both at Stevenson. His first solo show was Unfrozen: Rainbowcore at Whatiftheworld in Cape Town in 2014. His debut solo exhibition in the USA took place at Foxy production (2018). With CUSS Group, Sekhukhuni was included in Private Spaces: Art After the Internet at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, in 2014.

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