Congratulations to Zambian artist Gladys Kalichini who will be presenting her MFA exhibition on the erasure of the stories of influential Zambian women from history and memory.
Opening: December 5th, 2017
This exhibition explores the erasure of women’s narratives from Zambian history and collective memory. As a point of entry into the broader conversation of narratives of women marginalized in certain historicized events, the body of work in this show, draws from the narratives of Julia Chikamoneka and Alice Lenshina that are held in the collective memory of Zambian history. The show focuses on the representations of narratives of women during and beyond colonial times, while hinging particularly on these two characters’ encounters with and against British rule in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia). Titled ChaMoneka (It Has Become Visible): UnCasting Shadows, it explores representations of death, where death is conceptualized as a metaphor for the erasure of women’s historical narratives, whereas the female body is a metaphor for women's narrative. Death within this exhibition is thematized as the course of fading away and a continuous process in which women’s narratives are erased. Thus, this show examines the representations and positioning of women’s political activities within the liberation narrative that is recorded in the National Archives of Zambia (NAZ) and the United National Independence Party (UNIP) Archives.
Venue: Albany Museum, 40 Somerset St, Grahamstown, 6139, South Africa