Peterson Kamwathi Exhibition
About the exhibition
At their core, the works in this exhibition are about the complexities of human movement in this age. Since Mid-2015, I have been occupied with looking into the issue of mass migration. My point of origin in this regard has been the widely reported movement and consequent tragic stories emerging from the migrants’ exodus towards the European North and West. Under the umbrella theme of “constellations and sediments”, these works have been my gaze on the human form as it contorts and adjusts itself before and during the process of moving between points.
The process of researching and executing this body of works has shown me that it is likely that the phenomenon of human mass movement stems from a myriad of sub-realities. These are informed or fed by actions and agendas that are not necessarily part of an individual's present reality. Politics, commerce, religion, nationhood and gender constitute some of the sub-realities that merge together to create climates of limitation. History, communal-identities and geo-politics are some of the agendas of an external aspect. This then means that there is no singular expression or end-point that can accentuate the intricacy of this issue.
In this age, borders, fences and barriers between peoples have become commonplace. We are becoming reflections of the environments that we’ve created and inhabited. An inevitable outcome of these territorial inclinations, is that we are slowly heading towards a place where we become numb to the gravity of human migration. In the process of creating these artworks I find myself also introspecting on my personal tolerances and attitudes regarding the place of the displaced person.
‘Ebb and flow’ represents my position; that the gaze with which we are currently looking at this issue is fickle and at the mercy of many other variables.
More on Peterson Kamwathi
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Preview of Works
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