I WAS HER AND SHE WAS ME AND THOSE WE MIGHT BECOME
KITSO LYNN LELLIOTT
02.09 – 14.10.2017
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GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA
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Opening: Saturday, 02 September from 18h30
at ROOM & Ellis House, 23 Voorhout Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg
ROOM is pleased to announce the solo presentation of a multimedia body of work by Kitso Lynn Lelliott, titled I was her and she was me and those we might become.
In the presentation, the artist elaborates on her interrogation of the philosophical underpinnings and ontological construct of race that emerged during the European Imperial era, which in turn have resulted in the production of an ”Othering” using hegemonic colonial languages. Her research further delves into the perpetuation of idea of “racially marked beings” with the associated violent omissions, erasure and deletion of knowledges carried in diverse languages.
The artist explores her contestation of these predominant narratives utilizing the language of the ghostly to allude to a sense of simultaneous presence and absence of elided knowledge and histories. By making the processes of erasure visible she achieves this by referencing history, imagining, mythology, memory and a multitude of ancestral histories, thus utilizing a multi-epistemological approach to knowledge in relation to de-colonial accounts of history.
KITSO LYNN LELLIOTT has an MFA in art and is a PhD candidate at Wits University. She is preoccupied with enunciations from spaces beyond epistemic power and the crisis such epistemically disobedient articulations cause to hegemony. Her current work and doctorate interrogate the production of the ‘real’ through contesting narratives and the shape this ‘real’ settled into over the waters of the Atlantic during the formative episode that shaped the modern age, a project initiated during her residency with the Sacatar Foundation in Brazil. Her work is an enactment of enunciating from elision and between historically subjugated subjectivities while privileging South-South relations imaginatively and epistemologically unmediated by the Global North. Her work has shown at film-festivals, art galleries and museum shows around the world. She is alumna of the Berlinale Talents in Durban and Berlin. She was one of the Mail & Guardian’s leading 200 young South Africans and was laureate of the French Institute 2015 Visas pour la création grant. She exhibited in the Bamako Encounters 2015, ’Seven Hills’ Kampala Biennale in 2016, the Casablanca Biennale 2016 and the 2nd Changjiang International Photography and Video Biennale in 2017.