Gloria Pavita (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, 1995)
lives and works in Cape Town, Republic of South Africa
This installation is a spatial and experiential exploration of narratives that centre practices of care, repair, reclamation, and repatriation through soil. Soil is a body that holds and hosts the extractive, exploitative, and violent practices of the colonial and apartheid regimes, from the context of Philippi in Cape Town, South Africa, to that of Camp Mutombo in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This project manifests in scenes that occur across the contexts between Philippi and Lubumbashi. To distinguish these scenes, characteristics of soil and from soil are used as literal/figurative devices to connect to the narratives expressed in each scene to pay homage to the themes of care, repair, reclamation, and repatriation.
Filmic assistance: Nkulu Jacob Kyungu (Videographer, Co-editor), Zaheer Cassim
Hands: Gabbie, Rejoice, Mark and Tantine Elizabeth (On Screen Talent)
Voices: Melanie Bageni Sangwa, Louie Tshabalala
With the additional support of
African Futures Institute