Nkosi Sikelel - Exhibition Opening

Nkosi Sikelel © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Sat, 04.09.2021

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Nkosi Sikelel is a project initiated by Isaac Zavale and Huston Wilson. The visual intervention focuses quite literally on the famous phrase, its various translations, as well as the style of mural text that has come to be associated with township commerce and spaces of consumption.

We invite you to join us for our opening which will kick off with a praise poem rendition of the national anthem. The artist’s will then walk-and-talk us through why this intervention is important to them at this particular time. The artists have chosen this format with the intention of inviting the audience to not only comment but ask and answers questions in a sort of group discussion style where the conversation is best brought to life by the varying opinions, memories and local experiences of our audience.

The intervention includes a ‘graffiti’ prayer wall which invites audiences to note, illustrate, claim, exclaim, affirm or even reject their personal wishes for the future of South Africa and the continent. We encourage all guests to translate their thoughts in whatever language or medium they are most comfortable.

Please send RSVP’s to masechaba.moloi@goethe.de by no later than Wednesday 1 September!