Thandi Loewenson (Harare, Zimbabwe, 1989)
African liberation movements are indelibly tied to questions of the land: who may work the earth, to what end, and under what conditions? Such foci betray the true nature of the African struggle today: taking place on the ground within the thickness of eroding topsoil, down the mineshaft where rare earths glimmer in the dark and, simultaneously, within the ozone.
Across a series of composite graphite panels and an accompanying film, the Uhuru Catalogues stitch together entangled sites through which African liberation must be sought.
In this installation, graphite is put to use as a conduit, a charged medium, that aims to energise a consciousness of the conjoined terrains of earth and air in movements for climate justice and equitable futures for all, on the continent and beyond.