Fonseca & Mokgata
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About the Exhibition
Fonseca & Mokgata is the collaborative artistic practice of Carla Fonseca and Nthato Mokgata, based on experimentation with various mediums to describe societal trauma and the elusive fantasy of freedom. F&M Studio has developed an interest in describing both violence as a language as well as the "violence of language" in the context of post colonial/apartheid Africa. Fonseca & Mokgata create works combining digital design with various sculpture, moulding and painting techniques resulting in intricate, vivid, hand crafted works.
Carla Fonseca (b. 1989) received a BA degree in Theatre and Performance from the University of Cape Town. Her artistic practice has produced numerous performance, video art, as well as theatre pieces focused on South Africa's historical and current societal traumas for over a decade. Nthato Mokgata (b. 1985) has his formal education is in graphic and multimedia design. He has spent the past 15 years as an active graphic and sound designer, visual artist, musician, and filmmaker. His artistic practice has focussed on challenging notions of reconciliation, history, self-determination, nationhood, identity, and pan-Africanism.
Their exhibition consists of two recent bodies of work: 'Again She Reigns' and 'Error404: Inyani Ayikho'. 'Again She Reigns' is a series of painted portraits that explore the battle for the right to write (or rewrite) history/herstory. As much as the portraits question positions of power in representation, they are also tender celebrations of legendary women in African history, whose various stories continue to inspire and give insight to the present moment as well as long gone eras which existed within very different cultural, gender and racial frameworks. 'Error404: Inyani Ayikho' is a meditation on the limits of new technology in redressing lost and obscured heritage. The series of paintings is a personal critique on the over-reliance on European sources for historical evidence/material/ research on Africa (as a continent/concept/collection of cultures), and the inherent paradoxes, inherited biases and complex quagmires that come from over-reliance on such sources.