“Consuming and Being Consumed” – Xenson at the FNB Joburg Artfair

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Ugandan artist Xenson Ssenkaaba Samson’s performance at the FNB JoburgArtFair left the audience with some food for thought. His performance piece ‘Ensi Yaleta’, roughly translated as ‘what the world brings us’, expresses the human element that we all have in common, regardless race, nationality, gender, wealth or religion. “We may have different perspectives on life, but at the end we are still human. We have the same needs. We consume and are being consumed”, is one of the messages he wants to bring across.

The 2015 FNB JoburgArtFair provided an interesting fresh take on the role of ‘the fair’ as a space for critical engagement and discussion between artists, gallerists, writers and collectors. In this video ART AFRICA spoke to curator Lucy MacGarry about this year’s decision to focus on film and performance art and the role of the fair as an established platform for artists from around the continent.

Included in this video are interviews is Afriart Gallery’s Xenson and Turiya Magadlela, the FNB Art Prize Winner, which provide behind-the-scenes insight into the thought processes behind their respective works ‘Ensi Yaleta’ and ‘Imihuzuko.’

video credit: Art Africa