Curators Response

Curator for SIRA 2020 is Meghan Judge

The theme for SIRA 2020 was RUST an activity that sits in relation to SIRA’s core working metaphor, salt, which is used as a tool to mound practice and knowledge together. The ways in which salt acts to find itself again once systems of water release it, is what this residency shapes itself on. It is the formation of the crystallisation of salt, those mounds that grow into and despite of all sorts of surfaces where salt lands, that is of interest here. 

 

The SIRA artists initial release stemmed from their own intimate environments. This allowed their fellow artists to playfully engage with these sites of heightened intimacy and place despite the fact that they lived elsewhere. In this sense, the community that formed within the residency was one where the interface of the shared online studio housed difference in ways where it could meet, explore and mutate. The selection of artists from different disciplines resulted in exposure for all to different modes, moods, paces and provocations. 

The artists explored rusting in different and interesting ways that draw on their intimate environments. Wezile Mgibe’s use of bodily performance seems to ask for a certain kind of rusting, one that rebuilds from perished sites bound up in the seen/unseen. In his work, the act of using the body while hiding identity is proposed as a surface for rusting into in ways that question identity and loss of identity. Playful clues as to how one might get to know this hidden person more are left in wait to be noticed by the observer and conversed with or explored. In a sonic form of rusting, Môta Soa’s artworks seem to explore voice and musical sound as a movement of mutation that can be found morphing through chunks of life, adjusting as it does: the voice trailing scenes sometimes breath-like, sometimes taking a clearer and more central vocal form. Voice and sound swap out, creating moods that act as an in-between space, refusing to be held down to one singular form. In a process of laboriously working into materials that encounter each other in affective ways, Duduetsang Lamola demonstrates rusting as a collective act. The layered imagery seems to corrode into notions of hidden and suppressed knowledge in an almost a reverse-effect of rusting, which allows the action of rusting to be seen as something coming forward instead of something being eaten into. Through digital video work, Hery Zo Ralaindimby sheds light on the emancipatory potentials of rusting in layered environments that burn the past into an alive, mutating present. A focus on traditional ways in a changing world demonstrates an old energy that is alive and well as it rusts into the new world, bringing with it riddles of human/animal relations and revealing truths about bondage.

 

Throughout the residency the artists proceeded to find and respond to each other's works, mounding as they did so. Here are some of the mounds I noticed emerging.

Don't Burn It
don't burn...
i am (stuck) who I am (Hery Zo Ralaindimby's environment by blk banaana)
the answer is in our hands (Môta Soa's environment by blk banaana)
urban disguise (Wezile Mgibe's environment by blk banaana)
Hery Zo Ralaindimby  TOLONA STRUGGLE
I'm Stuck
Wezile Mgibe
RUSTING
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(Un)identified 14:24 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 30/09/2020
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what_is_rust_-_002

Masks and (in)Visibility

Reverse Rusting

WE(.)DING
Raheryz & Môta Soa Rust in Peace collab
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MANDININ-TENA / REMISE EN QUESTION / QUESTIONING Why did it rust ?
rust_in_peace

Mutate

Môta Soa  Duduetsang //// Wezile -----> RaHeryZ ------> Môta Soa
Môta Soa  RUST WITH WEZILE 2
Môta Soa  Dedicated to RaherZ's 1st Recapp
We're Stuck - rusting from HeryZo to Môta Soa
Rusting Raheryz and Môta Soa
Môta Soa
Raheryz & Môta Soa Rust in peace collab
all things must rust - Môta Soa and Blk Banaana collab
MÔTA SOA

Moods

VVVVVVV Môta Soa dedicated to RaHerZ's 'Stuck-action'
An Identified Mood
(Un)identified. Wezile Môta Soa
4US.TEEN.AGE.ART
VOX MS- IO A
6 October 2020
Feel free to use
Duduetsang Lamola
Môta Soa
VOX MS- IO A

Hide and Seek

Portrait

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MÔTA SOA
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portrait

Sameness

Duduetsang Lamola
take it slow. but know that you're not alone (ft. Wenzile and Hery Zo)
Inspired by the urban soundscape, and themes of masking, freedom and (in)visibility in Wenzile's ref
Inspired by Môta Soa's magic hands that create sonic reflections on her environment.
Inspired by Hery Zo's environment - reminding us we are here, there, everywhere and no where.
Infinite Convergence
Infinite Convergence

Rust in the Eye

Duduetsang Lamola
Duduetsang Lamola
I am who I am
VOX MS- IO A
What Is Rust
RUST IN PEACE

Intimate Environments

Recapp2
CristO RECAPP + AUDIO
Hery Zo Ralaindimby
SYNTHESE RUST - MÔTA - WEEK 1

ReCap

RUSTRUSTRUST
RUSTRUSTRUSTRUST

Human Groups