This song is for ... Walkabout
Company: Gabrielle Goliath
Join Standard Bank Young Artist, Gabrielle Goliath, or a visual art expert on a walkabout through her exhibition. Capacity is limited, so please book early.
Six dedication songs selected by survivors of rape, and re-performed by collaborating, women-led musical ensembles.
In This song Is for… 2019 Standard Bank Young Artist Gabrielle Goliath returns to and re-performs the popular convention of the dedication song, in collaboration with women-led musical ensembles. Entering an immersive filmic and auditory environment, audiences are confronted with a unique collection of songs, each chosen by a survivor of rape and performed as a newly produced cover-version. These are songs of personal significance to the survivors – songs that transport them back to a particular time and place, evoking a sensory world of memory and feeling. A sonic disruption is introduced at a point within each song; a recurring musical rupture recalling the ‘broken record’ effect of a repeating, scratched vinyl LP. Presented in this performed disruption is an opportunity for listeners to affectively inhabit a contested space of traumatic recall – one in which the ‘de-subjectifying’ violence of rape and its psychic afterlives become painfully entangled with personal and political claims to life, dignity, hope, faith, even joy.
The exhibition is open daily from 09:00 to 17:00. Admission is free.
Gabrielle Goliath is this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art. This song is for… is her long-term performance project/video and sound installation.
Goliath is grateful for the support of The Magic Lightbox and The Goodman Gallery