ACT Impact Award Finalist for 2020, Slindile Mthembu from Mabu Arts Foundation directs a provocative work as part of the 16 days of activism; Igama?

From the desk of the Director of Igama?

On the last day of 16 days of activism for violence against women & children Thursday (10 December) Slindile Mthembu and her team are going to be activating for women’s voices @theforgejhb in Braamfontein(87 De Korte).

The curated program will consist of a performative exploration of the deconstructed bite-sized version of Igama? Titled: ‘Re-membering’ performed by Thembinkosi Mavimbela x Slindile Mthembu x Motlotlo Makhobotloane (lighting designer). Which was featured on the centre for the less good idea as part of their ‘A considered 3 minutes’ series.

There will also be the last screening of: Igama? that will start at 7pm. The evening will consist of conversations that will be based on all things black women’s lived experiences, the development/theories that took shape in building Igama? followed by a question and answer session. Before the screening and after the screening Mthembu has collaborated with Nombuso Mathibela x Dj Doowap to come on board on a curated programme for the evening. Mthembu pledges to start a conversation/campaign by creating more awareness on the black lived experiences.

The play Igama? narrates the story of five women who live in a well-behaved South African community. The aim is to see if the women can break out of the stereotype or whether they conform to the boxed post-colonial South African Society. Mthembu explores the complexities of being a black woman living in the post-colonial world by collapsing habitual, chronological, and often one-dimensional narrative structures depicting black women and their lives. Thus the themes that are explored within the play experiment with fragmented memories of black women, which move backward and forward. The play starts in the present, moves to the past, before going back to the present. It then ventures into the future before entering the present again in an effort to highlight how certain intersectional traumatic experiences women go through are hidden in their memory and how they get triggered to come back. This was done to epicenter themes such as gender-based violence, femicide, sexual violence, abuse, child rape, loss of memory, marriage, culture, the politics of language, and white supremacy.

– Slindile Mthembu (ACT Impact Award Finalist 2020)


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