White Curtains exhibition is a multi-disciplinary reflection on the local custom of Sea Point residents whereby the colours of curtains in all flats are restricted to white only. The exhibiting artists went on an expedition to investigate and tell the story of this fascinating social phenomenon.
Inspired by Nokulunga Zondo’s poem ‘My White Curtain’ the artists explore the current local standards of living. The geo-political location and the collaborative nature determine and guide the content of the works and their meanings in relation to each other. Together the artists create an inspiring space that ignites contemplation and critical conversation. Through the motif of the white curtain, every work is imbued with its own individual imagination. Inherent layers of contrast are highlighted through reflecting on the tie between the aesthetically beautiful and the morally superior.
The project has been exhibited twice – in an empty shop on Sea Point Main Road and in UCT Michaelis Galleries, both times accompanied by discussions, performances and workshops. The added feature of the ‘Freedom Station’ aims to provide a safe, free platform for residents, activists and creatives to express themselves without self-policing and regulations.
Curated by Naz Saldulker / Concept by Valeria Geselev
Frank Lunar / illustration
Malik Ntone Edjabe / video
Janet Ranson / installation
Atang Tshikare / mapping
Nokulunga Zondo / poetry