Arcade took place in various found spaces comprising the Hexagon Theatre Complex, University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg Campus, in partnership with Centre for Creative Arts and Rhodes University’s Embodied Research in Africa, 23 September 2022.
Artists and artworks include:
Umthwalo Wami by Noluthando Mbonambi
The Moment-In-Between by Sanelisiwe Nqayi and Ernest Mkhumbuzi
The Struggle of Ours by Ernest Mkhumbuzi and Phiwayinkosi Gumede
Un-Intentional Drowning by Anele Cele
Shit, I Must Go On by Kgothatso Rapoo
Imvuselelo by Nolwazi Zola Ngcobo, Qiniso Ngobese, Nothando Maphumulo, Ayanda Ethaba, Mhlaba and Ntokazi Sibiya
Curated by Nomcebisi Moyikwa & Gavin Krastin
Dramaturgical support by Alan Parker
Administration for the Hexagon Theatre by Minenhle Msane
Production support by Sabelo Cele, Slindokuhle Hadebe, Lebohang Khoza, Andisa Mpisi, Ntokozo Ndlovu, Musawenkosi Sithole & Sifundo Sosibo
For Arcade2022, Nomcebisi Moyikwa offers umlindelo as a holding space, and in doing so, prioritises the use of Africa-centric, African feminist traditions to resist the ‘culture of production’ in the creative sector and instead centre ‘resting’ as a praxis, critical practice, and care practice towards making, seeing, and looking. ‘Resting’ in this project holds many meanings. In the most immediate sense, it is to insist on listening. To “reimagine and transform creative and performing arts spaces for and practices of an ethics of care -as in repair, maintenance, attention” (Sharpe, 2016: 130-131). Giving opportunity for thoughts and ideas to ferment and evolve into visions for this world that we have not yet imagined. There are no set moves, only an interest in uncovering what is in these early-career artists’ artistic practice/s.
Special thanks to the Centre for Creative Arts, the Hexagon Theatre Complex, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg), the Network for Embodied Research in Africa and Rhodes University for supporting Arcade2022.