Within the framework of the ongoing exhibition at Villa 102 by KfW Stiftung in Frankfurt, the artist Gladys Kalichini (*1989, Zambia) and Talya Lubinsky (*1988, South Africa) engage in a conversation with Marie-Hélène Gutberlet (curator and professor for film, HfG Offenbach) about their artistic approaches to memory culture.
The conversation will be followed by a Q&A - your input is most welcome!
Gladys Kalichini & Talya Lubinsky at Villa 102:
The exhibition explores notions of collective memory in the context of southern Africa's colonial past. Both artists draw on investigative archival research of historical interconnections which they translate into expansive sculptural installations.
Starting point of the project ... these gestures of memory by Gladys Kalichini (*1989, Zambia) is the artist's critical examination of the erasure and invisibility of specific female freedom fighters in the narratives of colonial independence in Zambia and Zimbabwe in the 1960s-1980s. In this context, Kalichini addresses concepts of mourning, memory, and forgetting. Her multimedia installations foreground the complex processes of commemoration and remembrance.
Marble Dust by Talya Lubinsky (*1988, South Africa) ties in with the artist's research on the restitution of human remains of political activists in apartheid South Africa in the 1960s. Through her work with the increasingly deteriorating archival documents, the inherent tension between this decay as well as the transience of human bodies on the one hand, and the permanence of cemeteries and memorial sites on the other, became the focus of her work.