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          I Dream I'm Crossing the River, Uitstalling - Zanele Muholi
          Editorial
          Zanele Muholi in group exhibition ‘I Dream I’m Crossing the River’ at Kube Art Gallery, Belgium

          10 May 2024 (2 min) read

          Zanele Muholi’s sculpture Umpha(ka)thi I (2024) as well as several black and white paintings currently feature in I Dream I’m Crossing the River, a group exhibition showing at Uitstalling Art Gallery and Kube in Genk, Belgium, on until 11 August 2024.

          Curator Sorana Munsya invited six visual artists from and/or working in South Africa, Zimbabwe and DR Congo to participate: Felix Shumba, Malebona Maphutse, Maliza Kiasuwa, Thembinkosi Hlatshwayo, Sthenjwa Luthuli and Muholi. The work ranges from photography and painting to installation and sculpture, with each of the artists proposing work that explores the links between dreams and violence. The project was inspired by the reflections of F. Fanon in his chapter entitled “On Violence” in his famous essay The Wretched of the Earth. In it, the revolutionary thinker from Martinique develops the idea that the dreams of the colonised are imbued with action that their reality does not allow them to live, as they are shackled by colonial power.

          The various guest artists, all from countries with a violent colonial history whose consequences are still being felt today, take us into worlds where the deployment of bodies and minds counters what our contemporary world inflicts as violence against minorities and the underprivileged.

          Muholi’s paintings create motifs inspired by her dreams, while Shumba’s installation features large-scale charcoal drawings based on the colonial history of former Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Kiasuwa, an artist of Romanian-Congolese origin, shows sculptures made from a variety of materials that appear to be talismans and symbols of a desire for freedom. South African artist Luthuli’s images and motifs create characters with dancing, colourful limbs, reminiscent of Fanon’s “muscular orgy”. Finally, the photographs of Hlatshwayo and the paintings of Maphutse, two young South African artists, depict the legacy of a society grappling with unresolved traumas.

          I Dream I'm Crossing the River, Uitstalling - Zanele Muholi
          I Dream I'm Crossing the River, Uitstalling - Zanele Muholi
          I Dream I'm Crossing the River, Uitstalling - Zanele Muholi
          I Dream I'm Crossing the River, Uitstalling - Zanele Muholi
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