Indigo Waves and Other Stories is guest curated by art historians and curators Natasha Ginwala and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, with Michelangelo Corsaro, and in partnership with Gropius Bau and Savvy Contemporary in Berlin, and Vasl Artists’ Association, Karachi, amongst others.
Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Ginwala said, “What does oceanic re-memory look like? How does one correspond with and commemorate this terrain that is equally one of connection as it is of indenture and trauma? As we transmit the complex knowledge that is harboured within many of us as water beings, Indigo Waves and Other Stories seeks to set up reciprocal motions that unsettle established geopolitical assessments and the dominance in academia around the North Atlantic. It is our intention with this project to attend to open tides of acculturation, Afrasian imaginaries, an atmosphere of multiple tongues and the monsoon cycles of the Indian Ocean system.”
Indigo Waves and Other Stories includes ambitious new commissions from South African multidisciplinary artist Thania Petersen, visual artist Ayesha Hameed, the Réunionnais sculptor Hasawa, Franco-Comorian Myriam Omar Awadi and Mauritian artist Shiraz Bayjoo’s site-specific installation, made in collaboration with local historian and storyteller Traci Kwaai.
Other participating artists include Nigerian-English photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi; Malala Andrialavidrazana, a visual artist born in Madagascar; Indian photographer Sohrab Hura; Taiwanese artist-researcher and photographer Cetus Chin-Yun Kuo; Colombian painter Oscar Murillo; South African artist, curator, filmmaker and researcher Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose; South African painter Cinga Samson and artist and researcher Sancintya Mohini Simpson with Isha Ram Das.
Indigo Waves and Other Stories opens on 30 June 2022 and will be on view until 29 January 2023 on level 2 at Zeitz Mocaa.