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Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu hosts a sound session

Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu hosts a sound session with The Vinyl Factory Live Radio Show

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Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu hosts a sound session with The Vinyl Factory Live Radio Show.

Simnikiwe Buhlungu was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a BA in Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where she co-founded the collective Title in Transgression. Her practice navigates personal, trans-generational and socio-historical narratives through print and text-based mediums that often take sensory, video, sonic and installation-based forms. Buhlungu’s work has been featured in museums such as Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, and WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Belgium, where she was an artist in residence in 2018. She recently presented a project with artist Malebona Maphutse at the 2019 Bergen Assembly, Norway, and participated in the Future Assembly residency between London, Cambridge, and Lagos, Nigeria alongside Wysing Arts Centre’s Artist-in-Residence Exchange.

Image: Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Sound Session with The Vinyl Factory Performance Documentation, 2019. Courtesy of The Showroom

This programme takes place within Theaster Gates's installation Black Image Corporation presented by Prada, The Vinyl Factory, and The Showroom. Collective Intimacy is inspired by Gates’s ethos of collaboration and The Showroom’s commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge, taking on multiple trans-located narratives of the current Black experience as a point of departure for a cosmopolitan worldview. In response to Gates’s reactivated spaces in Chicago and how his socially engaged projects enable communities to connect and grow, Collective Intimacy aims to create a new space for people to gather, listen, converse, and contemplate amongst a fusion of art, design, music, and everyday life.

Black Image Corporation presents distinct spaces creating a myriad of possibilities for collective engagements, featuring an installation of Gates’s art objects, furnishings, and new films that capture the methodologies of urban renewal and community activation founding his practice. Pieces from Chicago imbued with powerful histories, uses, and localities resonate with distinctive lounge design from here in London – like a love letter between two cities, under the roof of a new House. Taking place at both 180 The Strand and The Showroom, Collective Intimacy hosts interdisciplinary interventions by artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public, who are all invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness in the spirit of creating a global community.