SIVIVANE SOGOGO! opening tonight
The name of our exhibition comes from an interview with Lunguza kaMpukane Mthembu in Pietermaritzburg in 1909. Lunguza spoke of izivivane on the land – ancient piles of stones (‘cairns’). Passers-by would address these: ‘sivivane so gogo!’ (‘isivivane of our ancestors!’).
We have created a new isivivane from old stones in the museum’s storage collections in commemoration of the times before our own. The stones include rock engravings, grindstones, ancient stone tools and game boards.
SIVIVANE SOGOGO! is part of an ongoing collaboration between the CVA Artist Collective (Centre for Visual Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal), and the KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Department of Human Sciences.