Gladys Kalichini & Talya Lubinsky

Villa 102, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
31 Aug 2021 - 26 Sep 2021

Marble Dust by Talya Lubinksy

Marble Dust by Talya Lubinksy

The exhibition explores notions of collective memory in the context of southern Africa’s colonial past. Both artists draw on investigative archival research of historical interconnections which they translate into expansive sculptural installations.

Starting point of the project … these gestures of memory by Gladys Kalichini (*1989, Zambia) is the artist’s critical examination of the erasure and invisibility of specific female freedom fighters in the narratives of colonial independence in Zambia and Zimbabwe in the 1960s-1980s. In this context, Kalichini addresses concepts of mourning, memory, and forgetting. Her multimedia installations foreground the complex processes of commemoration and remembrance.

Marble Dust by Talya Lubinksy (*1988, South Africa) ties in with the artist’s research on the restitution of human remains of political activists in apartheid South Africa in the 1960s. Through her work with the increasingly deteriorating archival documents, the inherent tension between this decay as well as the transience of human bodies on the one hand, and the permanence of cemeteries and memorial sites on the other, became the focus of her work.

The projects were developed as part of the KfW Stiftung’s Artist-in-Residence programme in cooperation with Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin in 2019-20.




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