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We Regret to Inform You

Exhibition / Studio Gallery 1

In his performance ‘We Regret to Inform You’, Wezile Harmans embodies various emotional and bodily states related to the daily hustle. Against the backdrop of South Africa’s increasing unemployment rate, which according to different sources reaches between 40 and 60% of the population, he explores the stages of our personal vulnerability as individuals living without work, looking for work, getting work, fighting to keep work and losing the position that was supposed to give us stability. Interested in how all these processes can be read as constant social performances, he makes visible the degrees to which we are over and over again performing our own lives in the face of disorienting bureaucracies. By hiding our true emotions and wearing masks according to the situation we want to appear suitable for, we end up losing a part of our true selves. Although Harmans is convinced that notifications ‘regretting to inform us’ will keep coming, the artist’s focus is on the agency we have in positioning ourselves once confronted with this news. How can our positioning work in our favour or against us? The performance seeks to reveal self-awareness as a tool to cure and repair a threatened confidence of self.

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Artist: Wezile Harmans
Production Manager: Mpho Ntuli-Coyote
Sound Composer: Mlondiwethu Dubazane
Visual Assistance: Tobela Fudu

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Wezile Harmans (B.1990, Port Elizabeth) is an art practitioner whose interdisciplinary practice encompasses performance, film, installation as a tool for social change. His work confronts prejudices and advocates against social inequality and creates a platform for critical self- reflexivity within unwelcoming spaces. Wezile’s work is influenced by how things have come to existence, as well as motivations behind certain movements, reactions, human behaviours and mostly how these become symbols. Wezile’s noted international projects includes video performance with LEAD Project and LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, M1/M2 Highway Billboard Feature by Centre for Less good ideas, A Film by Human Rights Defender Hub Artivism and University of York (CAHR), An acquisition of works by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and a collection by Art Bank South Africa. Wezile’s project Umdiyadiya received a 2022 Best Visual Art Award in creative Collection by The National Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a 2019 David Koloane award recipient, Arts & Culture Trust Finalist Recipient for 2020. His body of work has been witnessed across the country including at Iziko National Gallery (SA), Norval Foundation, FNB Art Joburg, Latitudes Art Fair, AVA Gallery, UJ Art Gallery, South African State Theatre, Bag Factory Artist Studios, Hangar(Portugal), National Arts Festival Main program and PIAD. Wezile has participated in a number of residencies including SIRA residency (Madagascar), OpenLab residency (Karoo/ Bloemfontein), Virtual Worlding Residency exchange (Canada/RSA), BODYLAND residency (Hogsback). Upcoming residency: PACT Zollverein (Germany).

  • Venue: Studio Gallery 1
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Rhodes School of Fine Art
  • Ticket Price: R75.00
  • Genre: Exhibition
  • Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Ages: ALL AGES
  • Language: IsiXhosa and English
Studio Gallery 1
June 26, 2022   15:30 - 16:45
Studio Gallery 1
June 27, 2022   15:30 - 16:45