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Virtual Exhibition: HEMELLIGGAAM

by 2 Jun 2020Culture, News & Events

HEMELLIGGAAM or THE ATTEMPT TO BE HERE NOW (CHAPTER TWO)
TOMMASO FISCALETTI and NIC GROBLER

“Sarie, loving, loving child. Listen. I am what you can become, and you are what I want to become.”

Eva Stellaris in Swart ster oor die Karoo by Jan Rabie, 1957. (Translated from the original Afrikaans)

28 MAY -28 JULY 2020 

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The project, which investigates the relationship between man and the universe, with a complete presentation (consisting of three chapters) already scheduled, is now redefined due to the pandemic and presents the second chapter here in a virtual setting. In this second part, Hemelliggaam or The Attempt To Be Here Now, a project/archive by Tommaso Fiscaletti and Nic Grobler accentuates the reflection on the human attempt to exist through time and matter, bringing these elements back, now in an even more articulated way, again with reference to Afrikaans science fiction novels. The two main books cited in this chapter, Swart Ster oor die Karoo (1957) by Jan Rabie, and Loeloeraai (1923) by CJ Langenhoven, presents worlds to preserve and aliens to relate to, it resonates in the present and infects our interpretation of reality.

‘In the world that I’m coming from, we are law abiding, not under the force of the magistrates and constables and jails and chains, but out of love for one another.’

Loeloeraai in Loeloeraai, 1923, CJ Langenhoven (Translated from the original Afrikaans)

Curator
Filippo Maggia

Sound Composer
Alessandro Gigli

In collaboration with
Mattia Vaccari, Lucia Marchetti and
Michelle Cluver, 
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of the Western Cape

Advisor / consultant
Davide Chinigo

Supported by

Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Pretoria

National Research Foundation

Farnesina: Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale

Consolato d’Italia a Cape Town