Date & Time

23 February 19 - 23 February 19

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Join the curators of Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You Yesterday for a curator-led walkabout of the exhibition which is realised in ‘Chapters’. The walkabout will unpack the various themes in Chapter One and how the works selected allow for multiple readings of the space.

Please note that this event is free with museum admission or Zeitz MOCAA Membership. RSVP is essential. Click here to secure your place.

Still Here Tomorrow to High Five You Yesterday,  an exhibition at Zeitz MOCAA,  explores  the different ways in which artists, performers, writers and architects tackle the complexities inherent within the dual concepts of  utopia  and progress.  Entering  emergent spaces that exist both in the realm of the mind and in the physical unknown, the exhibition points critically to the mirages, metaphors, stereotypes and matrixes  that accompany the notion of  progress.

Through  the works of  contemporary  artists from Africa and the diaspora, the exhibition engages with the phenomenon  of travel  and  migration through  imagined, alternative realities that reference both fixed and  immaterial locations at once.

Musician  Sun Ra  speaks of “”¦unknown things, impossible things, ancient things and potential things”¦”, in this way the exhibition  enters  alternative  stratospheres, allowing viewers to explore  the “multiple simultaneous utopianisms” (Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum), that inhabit our  perceptions and  worlds.

The artists in this exhibition offer a distinct concept in which time is no longer linear but  cyclical, inter-dimensional and experiential, a  realm full of infinite moments of potential  clash  – where past, present and future collapse into one.  Evoking a place yet-to-be-known or made visible, the exhibition challenges the idea  that  utopia is  synonymous with escapist pursuits.  Instead, the works of artists offer an acute and poetic way of  critiquing existing societies.

Born  from  the  tropes of  Afrofuturistic  movements  and notions of space travel, the exhibition is realised in ‘Chapters’, that  unfold and progress over the run of the exhibition, to present a plurality of post-colonial futures. In this way the exhibition shapes and shifts in the gallery, disrupting and  distorting both the constructs of utopia and  its opposite, dystopia,  encouraging more nuanced perspectives on  the future.

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