11 - 25 August 2019
Suzana Sousa is on research residency at Njelele Art Station from 11 to 25 August 2019.
Southern African countries share a history of struggle and liberation from colonialism. During the fight for freedom, exile and dislocation created points of connection and support. The bonds became even stronger because of violence and trauma, both historic due to a collective history of slavery, forced labour and brutality, but also that which came with war and fighting for freedom. These bonds are political and historic but also individual and among people, connecting lives and familiar stories, bringing people, languages and cultures closer. Coming from Luanda, Sousa will look at these links in Harare, through local archives and art. These issues will allow her to closely examine memory and trauma in the Southern Africa region with a contemporary art perspective.
Suzana Sousa (Luanda, 1981) is currently a Phd candidate at the ISCTE-Universitary Institut of Lisbon in the Anthropology department with a research provisionally designated ‘The nationalization of art in Angola: political contexts of the construction of Angolan art.' Independent curator and writer Sousa co-curated Luuanda with Paula Nascimento at Hangar, Lisbon; Imbanba ya Muhatu – Coisas de mulher, with artists Keyezua and Wura Natacha-Ogunji at Centro Cultural Português in Luanda; Seeds of Memory for the Angolan Pavillion at Expo Milano 2015 and Love me Love me Not, Art from the Collection Sindika Dokolo at the Biblioteca Almeida Garreth in Porto, Portugal. Sousa has published in C&; Art+Auctions (NY); Goethe Institute Magazine and Arterial Network/ Arts in Africa. She is currently part of the cultural collective ‘Pés Descalços’ with a group of Angolan independent minds.
Njelele Research residency programme is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through its Regional Arts Progamme.