The 2024 South African Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia titled Quiet Ground is curated by Portia Malatjie and features a newly commissioned sound installation, Dinokana (2024) by the collective, MADEYOULOOK (Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho).

Quiet Ground is a meditation on the political, social, ontological and spiritual histories of land and water. It explores the secret life of land and water and examines the many ways that the environment is shaped by our socio-political climate. Rooted in the ongoing legacies of forced migration in South Africa, the exhibition focuses on how the dispossessed reconnect with the land and investigates cycles of loss and repair during multiple iterations of displacement. In charting processes of rehoming and rehabilitation, the exhibition understands the relationship with the earth as a way of being. It advocates the subjectivity and agency of land, and explores land as method, epistemology, educator, repository of memory, archive and as a portal through which ancestral knowledge is communicated and transferred.


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Portia Malatjie

Portia Malatjie is a Senior Lecturer in Art History and Discourse of Art at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art and Adjunct Curator of Africa and African Diaspora at the Hyundai Tate Research Centre: Transnational at Tate Modern (London). 



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MADEYOULOOK is a Johannesburg based interdisciplinary artist collaborative between Molemo Moiloa and Nare Mokgotho. The works of MADEYOULOOK take as their point of departure everyday black practices that have either been historically overlooked or deemed inconsequential. These works encourage a re-observation of and de-familiarisation with the everyday of urban South African life.