Tokolos invited to exhibit at a bourgeois art gallery
To terrorise the powers that be, the tokoloshe emerges from obscurity reminding South Africans, young and old, that freedom and justice remain elusive unless we are willing to fight for it.
Brundyn+ Gallery, in 170 Buitengracht Street in Bo-Kaap, has invited the Tokolos Stencil Collective to exhibit in its space beginning on the 6th of November at 6pm. It has asked us for a short artist statement which, we feel, could be about many things which we normally speak to in our work:
* The predatory capitalist state which exploits and murders miners, farmworkers and poor blacks in general. Remember Marikana; it happens again and again, everyday, across the country.
* The neoliberal South African city, which works for a few, and evicts the rest to dehumanisation zones such as Blikkiesdorp and Happy Valley.
* The slave-master tradition of the white farmer and the black farmworker to which one can exclaim: Larney Jou Poes!
* Eye-Wie! The South African state, mimicking its militarised big brother, the United States, is concocting a ubiquitous surveillance state. We are yet to take note of the CCTV cameras lining every corner, the establishment of RICA, or the expansion of our corrupt police and unaccountable intelligence services.
But we’d rather, right now, speak about how all the above, the domination, the exclusion, and the systems of control, are being reified in the space of the traditional bourgeois art gallery.
We will challenge this space.
The Tokolos Stencil Collective