They Came From The Water While The World Watched

Starts: Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 06:00
Posted: 11 Apr 2017
Dates & Times:
  • Tuesday, 2 May 2017, 06:00 to 08:00

An exhibition by Giya Makondo-Wills

Assemblage is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Giya Makondo-Wills. Please join us on Tuesday 2 May 2017 for the opening and a glass of wine from 6pm at the Assemblage Project Space.

The project ‘They Came From The Water While The World Watched’ is a series of photographs depicting indigenous South African Ancestral belief and Christianity, in relation to missionary activity and the colonisation of the country.

Being both British and South African, photographer Makondo-Wills addresses the clash of beliefs from the point of view of the coloniser and the colonised. The complex interplay between Christianity and Ancestral religion manifest within her own family, where it is common practice to call on God and The Gods. Makondo-Wills explores the sanctity of keeping traditional beliefs alive and the adaptation to the world we know today. Makondo-Wills embodies a dual perspective and her exploratory approach highlights the symbiotic relationship between cultural elements and the resilience of pre-colonial customs in a modern guise.

Makondo-Wills b.1994 is a British-South African documentary photographer based in Cardiff, UK. Her practice looks at identity, colonisation and new perspectives regarding documentary and the western gaze.

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The exhibition will be available for viewing from 30 April and runs until 7 May.