Author Archives: Rehema Chachage

Mimi kama kanga (I, like the kanga)

  This artwork  is the first in this (in progress chapter) which starts from Nankondo’s abduction at the end of the previous chapter, and tries to imagine the life that waited for her upon her arrival in the Swahili coast. Mimi kama Kanga, 2018 directs attention to the Indian ocean as the carrier of the […]

PART III: NANKONDO, 2017

(Video and Text bathtub installation) This artwork is part of a bigger project that I have been working with since 2012. The project uses the motif of ritual performances to explore nuances in gender and generation. My curiosity with rituals started with a personal interest in historical (herstorical rather) narratives that rooted from personal stories […]

Letters To… 2016

(Video and Text) This artwork is part of a bigger project that I have been working with since 2012. This project uses the motif of ritual performances to explore nuances in gender and generation. My curiosity with rituals started with a personal interest in historical (herstorical rather) narratives that rooted from personal stories of my […]

Impose/Expose: Art Revealing Space

“We were thinking more about metaphoric voids, gaps, leftover spaces, places that were not developed…For example, the places where you stop to tie your shoelaces, places that are just interruptions in your own daily movements” –Gordon Matta-Clark, 1974 Over half of the world’s population now reside in urban areas. This is due to rapid cultural […]

Today’s Standards of African Beauty

Originally a performative lecture during VENUS-The anti-hero hero My talk today will look at how much today’s standards of African beauty have internalized and adopted the western standards of black beauty, and how much the global visual language we continuously see produced on the black female body is equally as damaging as the local ways […]

How contemporary is Tanzanian Art?

Originally a panel presentation during Imaginings: The Worlds of George Lilanga exhibition Mawande Ka Zenzile, To call a spade a spade, 2014 The above works are extracts from a series that Mawande Ka Zenzile had created in June and July 2014 while on a residency in Tanzania. He called this series IMPORT/EXPORT and it engages with the artist’s […]

Tanzania is at The Dawn of a Cultural Awakening

AN IMPORTANT AND UNIQUE CULTURAL HERITAGE RESCUED ‘Knowledge is at the heart of social and economic growth. Knowledge relies heavily on shared cultural heritage and on openness to the unknown. To that end, artists have a special role as social barometers, as promoters of change and as repository of tradition…’ (Marina Galvani, Tanzania Knowledge is […]