12 Labours is an interdisciplinary performance project, comprised of twelve individual performative acts and public community interventions. The project reimagines the toxicity of conventional understandings of ‘heroism’ and ‘masculinity’ through the localising, adapting and queering of the classic Greek tale of The Twelve Labours of Hercules. 12 Labours features a group of queer artists-come-garden-gnomes, in collaboration with local artisans, civil servants, gardeners and contractors, who collectively perform a series of actions centred around notions of repair, community building, gratitude and transgressive joy.
Audiences are invited to move through a multisensory journey of audio and visual documentations and the exhibited detritus of those labours that have already occurred, alongside several live actions by the artist (during the walkabout).
Booking is essential to ensure a space during the walkabout.
Conceived and curated by: Gavin Krastin
Dramaturgy by: Alan Parker
Videography and photography by: Evaan Jason Ferreira
Research Assistance by: Julia de Rosenwerth
Production Management by: Matt Short
Collaborators: Students of RU Drama Department, Makhanda-based artists, artisans, civil servants, contractors and gardeners
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Straddling the worlds of theatre, actionism and live art performance, Gavin Krastin is an interdisciplinary artist and arts educator with an interest in the body’s representation, limitation and operation in alternative, layered spaces. For Krastin, the body is a tool for subversion, slippage and challenge. He performs, exhibits and teaches across South Africa and internationally. He also runs the Live Art Arcade, a nomadic pop-up performance assemblage for early career artists, and in 2021 he received the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art.