The exhibition is the story of an imaginary universe as told through the paintings, sculptures and spatial interventions. As Simphiwe Ndzube explains: “I’ve attempted to create the genesis of a cosmology that finds itself in the ‘uncharted lands and trackless seas’ I call ‘the Mine Moon’”. The Mine Moon is a place untainted by modernity; its story is that of the ‘Mungu’ people who came to the Mine Moon to extract its natural wealth and of the ‘Spirit” people, the landless labour class who are left behind. There is the Goddess Nanana who arrives to awaken the Spirit People and the dictator Gorogo who attempts to ‘re-colonise’ the people. What will happen to the Spirit People?
The artist draws from stories, myths and dreams he has come across, as well as the fantastic narratives of Ben Okri, Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami amongst others. It is also based on the tradition of magic realism, “a mode suited to exploring – and transgressing – boundaries, whether the boundaries are ontological, political, geographical or generic [which] facilitates the fusion, or co-existence, of possible worlds, spaces, systems that would be irreconcilable in other modes” (Faris & Zamora in “Magic Realism: Theory, History, Community”).
Join us for the walkabout and hear the tale of the Mine Moon from the artist.
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