Performance & Films
Dart is a short film by Margaret LeJeune and Hanien Conradie recorded at a residency in the UK titled The Ephemeral River organized by the Global Nomadic Art Project in association with art.earth and the CCNW. This perfomance took place in the River Dart, on Dartington Estate, Devon. This documentation of Conradie's performance by Lejeune is an artwork in itself. Read more about this film at http://hanienconradie.blogspot.com/2020/01/writing-on-water.html
This film was part of the exhibition titled Raaswater,at the Everard Read Circa Gallery, where it premiered in May 2019.
SPOORLOOS 2019 VIDEO
The text for this film has its beginnings in 2012 when I found a December 1938 copy of Die Taalgenoot in an old wagon chest that used to belong to my Grandmother. At the time I was tracking how the culture and history of my ancestors (and Western culture) shaped the values and behaviour toward the natural world. It pained me to read Dirk Mostert’s essay titled Stemme van Suid-Afrika [Voices of South Africa], as I recognised how many voices in South Africa (both human and other-than-human) were in fact not listened to. I understand that culture and nature are so inextricably bound together that by silencing indigenous culture and nature, the necessary reverence for those beings who were shaped from the depths of this place were lost. I became aware of the vastness of the distance I have covered in my desperation to run from this older type of Afrikaner. I vowed to listen and to give voice to the voiceless; be it endangered plants; rivers; damaged places or people who cannot speak anymore.
In 2019 I visited the Tankwa Karoo Desert. The word ‘Tankwa’ is assumed to have Khoisan origins and is believed to mean ‘Place of Thirst’ and ‘Place of the San’. Here in this desolate arid emptiness remnants of Stemme van Suid-Afrika came back to me: only short words and part-
sentences. In this vastness the text rearranged and transformed itself in my mind into a new meaning; into something which better represents who I have become, what I believe and my stance toward this place we call South Africa. I walked barefoot, and as lightly as possible, as to avoid disturbing the rocks of this ancient and silent place, the Tankwa. As I listened deeply, I heard. What I heard was devastating, overwhelming and hard to hold as a mere individual. It compelled me to ask:
What is the Earth asking of me, and of humanity, NOW?
After my visit something in the place and in me transformed so radically that it has taken me two years to find balance again. The work in this exhibition is part of my ongoing quest to allow matter to speak; to find regenerating ways of relating to myself, to the other-than-human world and to humans from all time, both past and present.
Vigil records and documents an all night vigil performed by Hanien Conradie and her partner Colin Campbell, for the Tankwa Karoo at the Tankwa Artscape Residency (2020). The ritual started with Conradie, Campbell and landowner JP DeVilliers at sun set. Conradie and Campbell then continued being present to the desert right through the night until sunrise, when the community of resident artists were invited to join the closure of the ritual.
Paintings - Moving Image
40 nights / 40 DAYS from the lockdown
This short film was created to allow viewers to engage with the small paintings and poems virtually. For more information please visit http://hanienconradie.blogspot.com/2020/06/40-nights-40-days.html