Presented at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Images courtesy the artist and the Grahamstown National Arts Festival
Mixed media installation
Archival photographs, collaged wallpaper, video projection, video monitors, sound
installation, timeline featuring ongoing research into Southern African and chorale
history, recorded interviews, recorded music videos, flower stickers
The Polokwane Chorale Society, which was previously called Seshego Chorale Society, is based in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, South Africa. It has been in existence since 1978 - the first and longest living adult choir in the Limpopo region.
In the past 40 years, the choir has been able to establish itself as a major choral group locally and a force to be reckoned with nationally. The choir is an honoured feature at social events such as funerals, weddings, graduations, private functions and larger public interventions, such as Walter Sisulu’s and Peter Mokaba’s funerals. Having now downsized to 20 members, the choir no longer competes, but have left a legacy of having excelled in choir festivals nationally and internationally.
This work is a travelling museum that celebrates the contribution of chorale music to the rich cultural history of South Africa. Having grown up with chorale music in both ears, as my father was in the choir and my mother a onductor and director for many years, it evokes my first ideas of positive representation while acting as a nostalgic memory of community held within the music.
It consists of a series of memorabilia, reflections, music video’s, collage as well as a timeline featuring extensive research into chorale and political history in Southern Africa.