These Stories... :

Sekai Machache & Thulani Rachia

These Stories…

SEKAI MACHACE & THULANI RACHIA 

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

HERITAGE CENTRE

11 June – 27 June 2021

(11.00 – 18.00)

These stories occupy the site of Heritage Centre at House for an Art Lover, is a two-person solo exhibition, curated by Katherine Ka Yi Liu. The solos are The Divine Sky by Sekai Machache and Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo by Thulani Rachia.

Quantum superposition is a state in which a particle or waves can exist in two positions in space simultaneously.

As Africans who live in the diaspora, this state of being, of occupying multiple spaces is fundamental to our experience. This state of being here, there, now then, corporal transcendental.

We piece things together to make sense of the whole. These things, fragments, histories and mythologies become our stories – created as a form of resistance, through conservation of our traditions, ideas and beliefs.

These stories are multi-dimensional and speak of shared and disparate perspectives from the continent and its diaspora.

Machache works with a wide range of media including but not exclusive to photography. Her photography often uses body paint and muted lighting to create theatrically staged images.

Rachia’s interdisciplinary practice integrates the fields of architecture, performance, and visual arts. Growing up in South Africa, his current inquiries explore the ways that body, site and history come together in the formation of culture and memory.

 

Supported by Glasgow International

Sekai Machache(b.1989)

Sekai Machache is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Machache’s work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self. She is interested in the relationship between spirituality, imagination and the role of the artist in disseminating symbolic imagery to provide a space for healing.

 

Machache works with a wide range of media including photography. Her photographic practice is formulated through digital, studio-based compositions utilising body paint and muted lighting to create images that appear to emerge from darkness.

 

Machache is the recipient of the 2020 RSA Morton Award and is an artist in residence with the Talbot Rice Residents programme 2021-2023. She recently joined Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop as a board member and works for (SCAN) Scottish Contemporary Arts Network as an artist policy officer. Machache often works collaboratively, for and with her community and is a founding and organising member of Yon Afro Collective (YAC).

 

Solo exhibitions include: The Divine Sky, Projects 20, Stills, Edinburgh (2021); Invocation, Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paulo (2018); A Breadth Apart, Sharing Not Hoarding, Black Lives Matter Mural Trail, Dundee (2020).

 

Group exhibitions include: Walking Through The Shadows Eyes Open, Subsolo Art Laboratory Campinas Sao Paolo (2019); (Re)imagining Self and raising consciousness of existence through alternative space and (re)imagined place, Govanhill Baths, Glasgow International (2018); Ethics and Aesthetics: Living in a Material World, St Andrews Museum & Kirkcaldy Museum (2017-2018); Focas India: Document Shortlist Screening, SACAC, New Delhi (2017); Jill Todd Photographic Award, Stills, Edinburgh (2015).

 

Thulani Rachia (b. 1988, South Africa)

Thulani Rachia is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Rachia is also a teacher and a director. Having grown up in Johannesburg, Rachia’s inquiries stem from an interest in site, history and the built environment, examining how these locate culture and memory. Rachia’s creative practice integrates architecture, performing and visual arts. He primarily works in video, performance, installation and design.

 

Solo exhibitions include: of sugar and Bones, Civic Room, Glasgow (2019); TEXT_ILE, Toynbee Studios, London (2018).

 

Group exhibitions include: Walking Through The Shadows Eyes Open, Subsolo Art Laboratory Campinas, São Paulo (2019).

Katherine Ka Yi Liu (b.1989, Los Angeles)

Katherine Ka Yi Liu identifies herself as a queer Asian womxn who stands robustly as a contemporary artist, curator and activist. Growing up mostly in Hong Kong where her research interests were sparked by witnessing the transition between the colonial and post-colonial era of the city. She has obtained her Master degree in Fine Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art, UK in 2016. She has been actively engaging, involving, curating and exhibiting nationally and internationally, including at Intermeida Gallery, CCA, Glasgow (2017), Sine Projects, New York (2018), Alice R Rogers & Target Galleries, St, John’s University, Minnesota (2018), The City Arts Centre, Edinburgh (2019), Inverness Art Gallery, Inverness (2019) and more. Recently, she has been selected to participate in the CCA Creative Lab Residency 2020/21 programme.  She was part of the first generation of all queer PoC Committee members at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow since 2018.

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