Window Projections | Every day from sunset to 02:00 AM. "Selogilwe" by Lerato Shadi 

Selogilwe  © Lerato Shadi  / nbk

Mon, 12/18/2023 -
Mon, 01/01/2024

Goethe-Institut Montreal

n.b.k. Video-Forum | Window Projections

The Goethe-Institut Montreal, in cooperation with the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.), presents a screening programme of 20 video works from n.b.k Video-Forum’s extensive video art collection, curated by Anna Lena Seiser (Head of Collection n.b.k. Video-Forum).

The individual films will be shown for a week at a time sunset to 2:00 a.m. on the display windows of the Goethe-Institut at 1626 Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, H2X 2T1, Canada and can be viewed on an indoor screen during the Goethe-Institut's opening hours:


Lerato Shadi  
Collection Video-Forum, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.)  

Selogilwe is a seven hours performance, which is conceptualized for video and filmed in an uninterrupted shot. For the whole duration of the video Shadi sits on a white plinth and knits a red woolen string that seems to emerge from her belly button and resembles an umbilical cord. In Setswana, the term "Selogilwe" means "woven" and can be understood both specifically in relation to the repetitive act of knitting and in relation to the passing of time, the duration of which is materialized in the ever-lengthening knitted wool. As time progresses, the red knitted fabric becomes longer, while at the same time the fatigue and fidgeting of the performer become more pronounced and a physical rendering of time occurs. 
The video, performance, and installation artist Lerato Shadi (*1979 in Mafikeng / South Africa, lives in Berlin and Johannesburg) studied fine art at the University of Johannesburg and the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weißensee. Her practice examines discourses of inclusion and exclusion and the visibility of People of Color, criticizing purely Western notions of history. Shadi places her body at the center of her work – often in long, physically demanding performances that address the violence of images, as well as questioning monumentality and gender.