KWA ZULU NATAL
PORTRAITS OF (BLACK) MEN WHEN CONFRONTED BY THE MIRROR
A collaborative project between Musa Hlatshwayo and Val Adamson. This project confronts male ‘non-performers’ with themselves. Musa Hlatwayo engages participants with questions and their own reflection while Val Adamson captures the layers of engagement and reflection through his portraiture. This will also extend to a parallel exhibition of the portraits.
This video collage stages AMADODA at various unexpected locations:
An old spaza shop in Maphumulo which has been turned into a walk-in gallery; the roof; the Jojo tank’s stand; the rooftop of the store room; the main selling area; the long narrow store room; the back foyer/ kitchen; small narrow room; a forest of gumtrees in kwaZulwini (Gogo’s land); the skateboard park, the promenade and a designated Durban pier; S’fiso’s studio: a roundval in Madundubala
An interview with Musa decoding the language and the imagery used in the piece will be the main focus of this segment. This will be echoed or accompanied by the recorded interactions, in video format, with the participants. The aim would be t capture their reactions as they get briefed, when they were being photographed or after they have been photographed. These clips could be captured through the candid camera format or through a direct question and answer type of interview. The focus will be on capturing both their emotional responses, the physical language they projected as well as the words exchanged.
These works are conceptualized, preparatory work cannot be initialized as we have not received PESP funding from the National Art Council.
Choreographer and director
DOP and editing
Cobus van Heerden
Dramaturge and assistant editor
Stage manager and technician
Thokozani Mhlambi (cello)
Mduduzi Mbuyazi (percussion and pipes)
Mr N Chonco
Mr VS Hlatshwayo
Madundubala’s long boys
Nosipho ‘Small’ Chiliza