Bogosi Sekhukhuni: Film Screening + Conversation

Bogosi Sekhukhuni and manuel arturo abreu

Thursday, June 20, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Location
Frye Auditorium

home school and the Frye Art Museum present a screening of work by Bogosi Sekhukhuni, a South African conceptual artist who explores the intersection of technology and spirituality, capitalism's exploitation of ancestrally-embedded biological and cognitive structures, and what it means to take utopian proposals seriously. Exploring African diasporic perspectives on technology and design, national consciousness, and digital capacities for utopia, Sekhukhuni calls on aspects of pop and the occult, which act as tools for self-healing and the mining of collective trauma. He presents a selection of video works that examine the potential of digital spells, the generative power of dreams, and a critique of the presuppositions of afrofuturism. Following the screening, home school co-director manuel arturo abreu will lead a discussion with Sekhukhuni. This programming owes its existence to a model curated and organized by Hanna Girma in December 2018 for Modern Mondays at The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

About the Presenters

Bogosi Sekhukhuni (b. 1991, Johannesburg) describes himself as a "lightworker." He studied at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He has exhibited at the New Museum, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the 2017 African Biennale of Photography, Bamako; LUMA Westbau, Zürich; Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; the 2nd Kampala Biennale; the 9th Berlin Biennale; the Dakar Biennale; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Modern, London; MoMA Warsaw; and Stevenson and Whatiftheworld, Cape Town. Sekhukhuni is a founding member of the tech-health artist group NTU and has worked with the CUSS Group collective. His most recent project is a "visual culture bank and research gang" called Open Time Coven, which investigates "emergent technologies and repressed African spiritual philosophies."

manuel arturo abreu (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet/artist from the Bronx. They live/work in a garage in southeast Portland, and received their BA in Linguistics from Reed College, 2014. They use what is at hand in a process of magical thinking, with attention to ritual aspects of aesthetics. Recent exhibitions, projects, and discourse at AB Lobby Gallery, PSU, Portland; Yaby, Madrid; MoMA and MoMA PS1, New York; NCAD Gallery, Dublin; AA|LA Gallery, Los Angeles; Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva; Veronica, Seattle; Rhizome and the New Museum (online); the Art Gym, Portland; Yale Union, Portland; and Open Signal Portland Community Media CenterS1. abreu is the author of two books of poetry, List of Consonants and transtrender, and one book of critical art writing, Incalculable Loss (Institute for New Connotative Action Press, 2018). abreu composes club-feasible worship music as Tabor Dark.

home school is a free pop-up art school in Portland, Oregon run by Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu. They provide welcoming contexts for critical engagement with contemporary art and its issues. Their multimedia curriculum follows a pedagogy that honors the casual rigor of the etymology of “school,” from the Greek shkole: “spare time, leisure, idleness, rest.” In its fourth year of curriculum, home school has received support from the Precipice Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, Allie Furlotti / the Calligram Foundation, a Rhizome Net Art microgrant, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Cooley Gallery, and a 2019 artist residency with Yale Union.

Bogosi Sekhukhuni. GRAVITY (detail), 2018. Metal, plastic, rubber. Image courtesy of Foxy Production.

Bogosi Sekhukhuni. GRAVITY (detail), 2018. Metal, plastic, rubber. Image courtesy of Foxy Production.

REGISTRATION

Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!

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TICKETING

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  • Tickets for Members may be picked up beginning one hour before the program.
  • Pre-registered tickets for nonmembers may be picked up beginning 30 minutes before the program.
  • Standby vouchers will be issued on a first-come-first-served basis starting 1 hour prior to program and redeemed on a space-available basis 10 minutes prior to the program.
  • All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.