Opening of Isivivane, an art installation by Mohau Modisakeng and UKZN’s Centre for Visual Arts at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 25 November 2021, 6.30 pm.
This event is a creative experiment between the Centre for Visual Arts and the KwaZulu-Natal Museum seeking to explore the use of art as a mode of enquiry to generate new meanings within inherited spaces.
The intervention is inspired by the motif of Isivivane, a word in isiZulu which refers to a pile of stones or cairn, as well as a coming together or collection more generally.
Common in many communities globally, cairns serve a commemorative purpose, marking places of spiritual or historical meaning. They can also act as geographic markers, with travellers and passers-by adding stones to bring them good fortune. “Ukuphosa itshe esivivaneni” is a Zulu proverb referring to the individual’s contribution to a greater, collective good – literally to throw one’s stone on the pile.
• Secure parking will be available in front of the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg, but booking is essential.