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blank projects: Donna Kukama - UNACCEPTABLE - 2 Feb 2012 to 25 Feb 2012

Current Exhibition

2 Feb 2012 to 25 Feb 2012

Opening: Thursday 2 February 18:00
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113-115 Sir Lowry road
Cape Town
South Africa
T: +27 72 1989 221

Donna Kukama

Artists in this exhibition: Donna Kukama

Donna Kukama

Opening: Thursday 2 February 18:00.
Exhibition closes 25 February.

The exhibition UNACCEPTABLE combines various elements drawn from researched material and memory. The term is a label for that which is outside of the norms in society.

Drawing from a collection of various ‘love’ territories previously inhabited by the artist, a fragile and personal point of view emerges from a space that has previously been framed as ‘political’.

Because Love is Not Enough [Sound Installation, 2012] is a fictional piece set in Kenya in 1963, during the Mau-Mau war. It is a follow-up of Not Yet, and Nobody Knows Why Not [2008], a performance piece that took place during a protest gathering of Mau-Mau war veterans against the current Kenyan leadership, where Kukama stood at the entrance of the venue where people gathered and, seductively as well as violently, applied red lipstick to her entire face.
The sound installation Because Love is not Enough narrows down to a single moment in the beginning of a fictitious love affair that is already on the verge of its end. Oblivious to its surrounding political realities, this single moment magnifies to a point reflecting that which is outside of itself.

The video piece "I Love You More Than..." uses as its starting point the eleventh season of Little Britain, a popular TV comedy series. In this season, the idea of love shifts between the "innocent" and the "vulgar", inserting at times the most unpredictable expressions of the term. The video work is created through a process of "chop-shopping" series of ideas that define and defy ideas around "love". Through building unlikely relationships between throw-away ideas, unfinished thoughts, existing phrases, and borrowed terms, the exhibition renders all elements at hand as valuable ingredients for transforming the immaterial into the tangible.

Johannesburg-based Donna Kukama is a multimedia artist working in performance, video, text, and sound installations.

She completed her postgraduate studies at the Ecole Cantonale d’art du Valais in Sierre (Switzerland) in 2008, under MAPS (Masters of Art in the Public Sphere).

Kukama has participated and performed in various local and international exhibitions and Art Fairs, including the Joburg Art Fair in 2009, Art Miami 2009, ARCO Madrid 2010, and FOCUS11 in Basel. She has been nominated for various art awards including the MTN New Contemporaries Award (SA) in 2010, as well as the Ernst Schering Award (Germany) in 2011.
Together with Kemang Wa Lehulere, she co-founded the Johannesburg-based NON- NON Collective in 2010, which received a nomination for the Visible Award (IT) in 2011. Kukama also works amongst a group of artists, curators, researchers and writers at the Center for Historical Reenactments, a research and project space founded in 2010. She has lectured at the Tshwane University of Technology, and is currently a faculty member at the Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg.

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