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Visual Art
All ages
Monument Gallery

Language: English
Company: Gabrielle Goliath

Six dedication songs selected by survivors of rape, and re-performed by collaborating, women-led musical ensembles.

In This song Is for… 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.

Book now for an art walkabout with the artist and/or art expert on 27 June, 1 and 4 July at 18:00. Capacity is limited, so please book early.

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.



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