Nicholas Hlobo, umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower
Saturday, November 18, 10 AM
Saturday, November 18, 2 PM
Sunday, November 19, 10 AM
Sunday, November 19, 2 PM
Run time: Approximately 2 hours
Nicholas Hlobo’s presentation at Performa 17 expands on an earlier four-part performative installation, first seen in his 2016 exhibition Sewing Saw. The umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower; Lo’de litshone; Umbhaduli; Uthekwane performances feature dress-clad men. Hlobo’s interest in engaging with historical objects from domestic interiors contribute to each work’s conceptual and material multiplicity. He adopts the Singer sewing machines, workstation and other apparatus that symbolize industrial self-sufficiency whilst critically observing prescribed gender roles that shape domesticity, labor, and globalization.
Curated by RoseLee Goldberg. Supported by the Rolex Institute, Ford Foundation, Wendy Fisher, and the South African Pavilion Committee, and the Performa Commissioning Fund.