Beyond Binaries Panel Discussion

11 March 2017, 10h00



Beyond Binaries is an exploration of narratives beyond the usual simplistic and divisive terminology that make our lived experience. The exhibition is both easily accessible whilst simultaneously asking for deeper engagement with the more nuanced and layered work. 

The panel discussion thus brings into focus three artists whose work is subtle yet loaded with profound meanings for the discerning viewer. 

The conversation will explore the deeper lying provocation behind the work allowing the artist to speak about the research and creation process that ultimately brings meaning to the work. This will ultimately allow us to locate these works within the larger exhibition for the sake of context and resonance within the theme. 

The panelists, Julia Nakashwa Hango (Namibia) and Garth Erasmus (Western Cape) and Jill Joubert (Western Cape) will be in conversation about their works and its intellectual application, moderated by Russel Hlongwane. 

Come and sit in as these artists engage with curators and the public about their work as an aesthetic and as theory. 

Join us from 10am this Saturday for a rare opportunity where artists from another context engage with the local creative fabric in an hour long conversation. 


Julia Nakashwa Hango is a young Namibian artist who explores the intersection between photography and performance. She is an active presence in the Swarkopmund art scene. Julia Hango plays with photographic techniques challenging the notions of gender, bodily autonomy, mortality, identity, and her own life as a nudist.

Garth Erasmus is visual artist and musician best known for his innovative use of materials and has extensive experience as a facilitator and teacher. He has been featured in almost every major book survey of South African art since the late 1980s, and is well represented in the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute.

More than any other South African artist, Erasmus unsettles the hegemonic, exclusionary constructions of African and coloured identity. By pursuing the ‘Khoisan question’, Erasmus enters cultural terrain that has been proclaimed as ‘primitivist’, off limits to the shallow Afropolitanisms of the trendy set. His introspective explorations of his decolonial identity, frequently presented on an intimate scale, stand solidly and silently in opposition to the obligatory, often obscene scale that has become normative.

Jill Joubert makes sculptures and puppets using wood and found objects. Together with Colin Stevens and the late Lilian Landu, she started the Ibhabhathane Project in 1998, which is an NPO devoted to training teachers in art education throughout South Africa.

Joubert was also a founder-member Handspring Puppet Company in 1981. She has an Honours Degree in Art History from UCT and attained her Masters Degree with distinction. Jill was born in Limpopo and lives in Cape Town.

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