On the 20th of July 2015 the London College of Fashion is hosting a presentation and panel discussion on performance and curation in South Africa. This event follows from the Sequins, Self and Struggle: Performance, Pageants and Public in South Africa symposium and exhibition held at the South Bank Centre as part of the Mandela weekend on 17th and 18th July.

coloured etcIn her presentation at the upcoming conference on Performance and Curation, “Dr Siona O’Connell examines the archive through two case studies from Cape Town, namely Miss Gay Western Cape and Spring Queen pageants in an attempt to think about broader questions of representation, memory and freedom in post-apartheid South Africa.  She suggests a consideration of archives that fall beyond the mainstream. Importantly, she will argue that it is in looking to the practices of the oppressed that we can begin to imagine the production of a different kind of knowledge in how we live after oppression. These questions have profound implications for post-1994 South Africa, as they seek to confront legacies of historical injustice that continue to play themselves out in often tragically violent ways on several socio-economic levels in South Africa. O’Connell suggests that the work of creative and curatorial practice demonstrates that we do not have to work within old categories in our urgent quest for understanding the human.”  

Professor Jay Pather, director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), will also be speaking at the event, presenting on “Curating the ephemeral: site, spillage, slippage and overflow in contemporary South African performance”.

All information, and quoted text from this Shades of Noir article (click to find out more).