Zeitz MOCAA presents Izicwangciso Zezethu (We Make Plans), an autobiographical reflection of artist Nobukho Nqaba‘s childhood home and upbringing.
The exhibition highlights the precariousness of daily life within an informal settlement in Grabouw. The area is known for the large number of people who moved there for the hope of better work. With bundled up ambitions and modest possessions all packed tightly into checkered plastic bags, commonly known as China bags, such a move now results in jobs that require them to dress in sweat-stained blue overalls.
For them, the notion of home is now associated with meager living conditions, one or two pieces of furniture and paraphernalia set in the room against the walls. The precarious walls are thin outlines or borders; they are a temporary testimony of a family’s presence before they would have to move again. Together with the objects they housed, they become a testimony of their existence.
The exhibition’s Xhosa title, Izicwangciso Zezethu means we make plans. Lives can be planned, but there is no control over the outcome. It is a game of chance.
Those interested are invited to come and view as the exhibition tackles the question – ‘We make plans, but to what extent can we govern the future?’
Nobukho Nqaba is a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (UCT) where she majored in photography and was mentored by Svea Josephy and Jean Brundrit (2012). Winner of the 2012 Tierney Fellowship, she is also a recipient of reGeneration3, a photography focused initiative by the Musee de l’Elysee. Nqaba holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education Visual Art and Theory from UCT (2013), and has embarked on several teaching endeavours through her role as Visual Art and Digital Photography Educator at the Peter Clarke Art Centre. She is currently a Lecturer of Photography at the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.
Venue: Zeitz MOCCA Pavillion, North Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Opening times: Mon to Sun 10am to 6pm | Closed Tuesdays
Cost: R200 | R10 First Fridays