Museum galleries are spaces for connections taking place between people and the materials and objects therein.
Otobong Nkanga’s installation, Taste of a Stone, is characterised by the artist’s interest in exploring and understanding stories, narratives and histories – of landscape, nature and place – as mediated by the body.
Join poets and storytellers – Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa and Afeefa Omar – as they inhabit the gallery space with their own narratives in response to the work of Nkanga.
The installation forms part of Nkanga’s exhibition, solo exhibition, Acts at the Crossroads, which invites us to connect with ourselves and each other at converging points of awareness and reflexivity.
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About Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa:
Philippa Namutebi Kabali-Kagwa is first and foremost a storyteller. A published author of a memoir, poetry and children’s books, she also works as an executive coach and facilitator, with clients in South Africa and abroad. She has presented, on story, at TEDx Table Mountain (2012), and TEDx Prince Albert (2012). Philippa says, “When a story gets my heart beating faster I know it has come to teach me.” She believes that stories – folktales or personal, fictional or true – come into our lives to heal us, reconnect us with our humanity, help us understand our past, create community, and to remind us of who we are and who we can be.
Her first full-length book, Flame and Song: a memoir, was published by Modjaji Books (Cape Town, South Africa) in August 2016. In April 2017, Sooo Many Stories (Uganda) acquired the East African rights and published it in Uganda. She has presented at the Open Book Festival – 2016, The Artscape Women’s Humanity Festival 2017, Franshoek Literary Festival – 2017, Storymoja (Nairobi, Kenya) 2017, Franshoek Literary Festival 2018.
Philippa is a co-founder of The Story Club, Cape Town and a founding member of Woman Zone Cape Town.
About Afeefa Omar:
Afeefa Omar is an East African poet and spoken word artist residing in Cape Town. Much of her writing is born from navigating the physical and metaphorical borders between people. She explores themes such as emotional censorship and ideas surrounding belonging, otherness, and identity. In 2017 she began sharing her work and was privileged to participate in the Naked word festival, Rioters In Session II and the Open Book Festival among other literature & poetry platforms. Afeefa is passionate about using poetry to challenge the boundaries imposed on narrative and to reclaim the lost voice. She is currently pursuing a BA degree in psychology at the University of the Western Cape. She is also part of the C.Y.P.H.E.R youth programme under Lingua Franca Spoken Word Movement.