Indigo Waves and Other Stories – Group Show

Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
30 Jun 2022 - 29 Jan 2023

Indigo Waves and Other Stories, Installation View, 2022. Courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA

Indigo Waves and Other Stories, Installation View, 2022. Courtesy of Zeitz MOCAA

Taking the stories and histories of the Indian Ocean as its departure point, the group exhibition Indigo Waves and Other Stories: Re-Navigating the Afrasian Sea and Notions of Diaspora brings together 13 contemporary artists, historians, filmmakers, musicians, writers and thinkers to investigate, unpack and shed light on some of the smaller and bigger historical, cultural and linguistic links between the continents of Africa and Asia. The exhibition approaches the Indian Ocean as a communal horizon from which to read Afrasian (that is, belonging to both Africa and Asia) histories of forced and unforced movement through currents of mercantile and colonial empire.

Participating artists:
Akinbode Akinbiyi, Ayesha Hameed, Cetus Chin-Yun Kuo, Cinga Samson, Hasawa, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Myriam Omar Awadi, Oscar Murillo, Sancintya Mohini Simpson with Isha Ram Das, Shiraz Bayjoo in dialogue with Traci Kwaai, Sohrab Hura, Thania Petersen

Ziwa Kuu, the Swahili Sea, the Afrasian Sea, the Indian Ocean, Ratnakara, Eastern Ocean, Indic Ocean or Bahari Hindi are just a few of the names used to characterise a body of water that has been dubbed the oldest continuum in human history. This water mass covers some 20% of the world’s total oceanic area and spreads between the East African coast, bordering Asia in the north, engulfing Australia in the east and stretching south to the Southern Ocean. There is much in a name, they say, but no single name seems to have the potential of encompassing, containing, signifying or expressing all that this body of water stands for, tells, sings or invokes. It is too complex, too deep, too vast and pregnant with a plenitude of histories, to carry just one name. What is for certain is that rather than divide, it connects geographies, cultures, peoples, languages, foods, sounds, winds, waters, economies, philosophies and more. The ocean is a fluid joint, a junction of and for affinities and realignments prior to nation-state allegiances.

Indigo Waves and Other Stories is guest curated by renowned art historians and curators Natasha Ginwala and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, with Michelangelo Corsaro.




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