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Lapa Pan-African Artist Residency© Lapa Pan-African Artist Residency

LAPA Project and Residency Space 2023

Lapa is most commonly known as an architectural structure in Southern Africa. The many-meaning word translates to a home, a space to gather and restore. Conceptualised and presented by the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, LAPA is a communal, experimental public project with a co-working office, reading room and residency. 

LAPA SIII - Our People are our Mountains' Artist Announcement © Lapa Brixton

LAPA SIII Artist Announcement

Our People Are Our Mountains and other conditions of Life, Residency Announcement 2023 and 2024. LAPA is excited to announce the artist-in-residence at LAPA, Brixton. LAPA welcomes Gugulethu Duma and Maf, Lamis Haggag and Mina Nasr, Lara Sousa and Nair Noronha to take on a period of 3 months of research and development of their proposed work. The residencies run for a total of 3 months where the artists work together in Johannesburg. Each residency hosts programmes and events unique to the artists and is announced via the LAPA Instagram page. We look forward to what their time might LAPA is co-conceptualised by the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg and is a communal space to research, experiment and share practices of homing and becoming.


As a collaborative space, LAPA facilitates residencies as a form of artistic research. It invites and develops modes of research and collaboration with artists working in the continent and diaspora. Learn more about the artists in residence research projects below:

Our people are our mountains, and other conditions of life

Our people are our mountains, and other conditions of life  © Lapa Brixton

Taken from a text by Amilcar Cabral who prefaced ideas of unity and struggle within the African agenda, his phrase ‘Our people are our mountains’ (1972) illustrates the landscape and its metaphors as a condition of life: what is tied and coded between people into land and how it writes many other conditions of living. 

Using this as a basis to wonder on theories and practices of collectivity, third spaces, shared inquiry and co-citizenship in which art becomes a social practice; this residency activates borderless states of being in new pan-africanism and African states through three main sessions: Enunciation: Voicing on many forms, Imbibe earthen processes and Contextual Landings.

Session 1: Enunciation: Voicing in many forms

A residency investigating the voice as a mode of multiplying, reconstituting and reconfiguring through practices that highlight the multivocal or polyvocal.


It considers the voice as material, invoking the many languages, tonalities and multiplicities of meanings, and the vocal, through forms of enunciation, as the unfurling of these multiple meanings. It invites perspectives on the voice and the vocal as a means through which we express our own reality and as the mechanism of carrying others realities. 

Session 2: Imbibe earthen processes

This residency is hyper-focused on food and food systems as a mode of timekeeping, education and sharing, by discussing the ethics and practices of radical movements in relation to these food histories.

It negotiates food production, distribution and consumption in multiple cultural and political contexts by linking the earth processes with the gut processes and considers the preparation and practices of food as a mechanism of locating oneself within them. 

Session 3: Contextual landings

Asking the questions: How does our context define our reading, how does geography divide and focus our attention?
How is it still possible to speak of a ‘here’ and a ‘there’ at the same time?

This session explores and works against concepts of migration as apolitical but demands this homing to provide context and its sets of terms; unconcerned with geographies but concerned with the principles of homing oneself.

Notes from the selection committee

“[The selected residents all have themes which connect to illustrate a landscape through elemental metaphors: the sonic through earth, the sun through food and water through space]” blk.banaana

“Just to speak on the elemental, these resources that Africa has a huge supply of but also in their use are quite limited. [...] how will these residencies speak to a larger context and how will we bring them together to address these issues and of course their aesthetic, artistic agency. A lot of scientific orientated people don’t think that artists have a say in these things [but from an African context a lot of noise is made through the arts]. Let’s see how we can really make a point of these things.”   Bernard Akoi Jackson


Black Grain Meditation © Black Grain Meditation

Black Grain Meditation

For the Enunciation: Voicing in many forms LAPA residency Christopher McWayne (MAF) and Gugulethu Duma (Dumama) of Black Grain Meditation will open sonic portals to call forth memories of the future.

Cooking Sunshine © Cooking Sunshine

Cooking Sunshine

For the Imbibe:Earthen Processes residency Mina Nasr and Lamis Haggag of Cooking Sunshine have come together to focus on the effect of the sun on their culture mythologically, & socially to start a conversation about the environmental relevance of solar cooking to their food traditions.

Afluentes © Afluentes


For the LAPA Contextual Landings residency "Afluentes" by Lara Sousa and Nair Noronha are proposing research in two times, two voices and four hands; mapping the flow of bodies through space.

Previous Residencies

Portable Paradise .

Portable Paradise

Working in collaboration as an artistic duo, Wyssolela Moreira and Anita Sambanje, used their time at LAPA to explore the notion of rituals of passage.

In the Midst image of art and bookshelves courtesy of Andy Mkosi © Andy Mkosi

In The Midst

Our residency envisioned how the flat reed box, a common percussive instrument in Uganda, works. Seeds encased in reeds and bark cloth, rattle against each other in echoic memory.

Tinofireyi Zhou Image Courtesy Thabo Mthombeni © Thabo Mthombeni


IIII aka 2+2=5 or, the Brixton No Jazz Society is a research project to mirror the journey of my ancestors to address ideas around refuge and migration, home, and collaboration. 

‘OUR’ BODIES ARE CLOCKS MADE OF WATER when do ‘We’ belong? © blk banaana (Duduetsang Lamola)


OUR BODIES ARE CLOCKS MADE OF WATER ist ein offenes Fenster in den Aufenthaltsprozess des Künstlers blk banaana (Duduetsang Lamola).


LAPA residency is reviewed and selected by a group of professionals working in Africa, dedicated to artistic practices, research and institution making. 

Each year, three jury is selected to advise and make final selections for the residency periods from the LAPA open call. The applications are vetted for quality of practice and intent of research, as well as the applicability of the work to a collaborative format and its sensitivity to practices of new pan-africanism. 

Ko Lapeng

LAPA exists as a project space through conviviality, interjection, development and collaboration. 

We host and share space with organisations, individuals and other professionals with like-minded missions and projects. LAPA functions as a co-working space, reading room and residency. This is adaptable to host forms of conversational programming, workshops and presentations.  Ko Lapeng Bildergallerie © Jody Windvogel Ko Lapeng Image Gallery

Lapa Food

Food is a system of thinking, of sensing and a process at work in the world. 

LAPA makes space for projects on plate experiments. Here we think about ingredients, food systems and the senses of home.  

This is led by food researcher Langelihle Mthembu. Lapa Food Image Gallery © Thabo Mthombeni Lapa Food Image Gallery


Working in tandem with the artist's collaborations and research, we host a reading room for a deeper study of the wider practices of artistic and cultural practices.

The Reading Room is developed through artist's research focus, fictional and non-fictional books as well as critical and historical publications on practices of culture, art, design, architecture and more. 
Lapa Lesesaal © Jody Windvogel Lapa Reading Room Image Gallery

For more information and questions please contact:
Tammy Langtry

Cultural Programmes : Lapa
Tel.: +27 11 442 3232
Email: tammy.langtry.extern@goethe.de