Don’t miss Phumlani Pikoli’s multidisciplinary exhibition Occupying A Fatuous State of Severity in Joburg (23 Jan)
More about the book!
Multidisciplinary artist and writer Phumlani Pikoli is debuting an exhibition entitled ‘Occupying A Fatuous State of Severity’, based on his book, at TMRW Gallery in Joburg.
Pikoli has collaborated with artists and musicians such as Bale Legoabe, Skumbuzo Salman and Felix Laband to create a multidisciplinary body of work.
More about the event below.
Pikoli’s writing has been described as ‘a generational ode’. The Fatuous State of Severity, his first book, a collection of stories, was published by Pan Macmillan last year. His debut novel, Born Freeloaders, was released last year.
- Read ‘My Beautiful Little Boy’, an excerpt from Phumlani Pikoli’s book The Fatuous State of Severity
Date: Thursday 23 January 2020 (exhibition runs until 29 February)
Venue: TMRW, 19 Keyes Ave, Johannesburg
In Partnership with the British Council SSA Arts:
What began as a collection of short stories birthed in the pangs of depression is now laid bare as an immersive installation situating the viewer in the upside-down state of our existence in society.
The exhibition reflects the mental and emotional highways of the mind as explored in The Fatuous State of Severity a book written by multidisciplinary artist and writer Phumlani Pikoli that surrounds experiences of a young generation coping with the tensions of social media, language insecurities and the various dynamics within relationships.
Journeying between the works, visitors are invited to contemplate their own occupation in the expressed state of severity. Abandoning the comfort of distance, occupying this fatuous state prompts visitors to come face to face with works that impel introspective dialogue. By suspending moments of psychological disarray, the exhibition magnifies the suppression of the black mental struggle and examines our empathy for difference and detachment.
Pikoli employs the creative dexterity of collaborators Bale Legoabe, Skumbuzo Salman and Felix Laband to create a metaphysical reveille of tone, positionality, and moralism that’s both central and abstruse to the nature of the body of work. These additional voices are linguistic, visual and sonic experiences that connect and disconnect, arrange and scatter, filter out and clog the viscerally inimitable experience of mental illness.
What’s shaped over a three-year-long, intimate exercise is now not only exposed but also existentially ported onto these it encounters.
The exhibition will run from 23 January 2020 to 29 February 2020 at the TMRW Gallery situated inside Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank.