Urban Soundscapes – Crafting Spaces of Belonging
A solo exhibition by Kagiso “Pat” Mautloa
Curated by Thabo Seshoka
Ordinary life in urban spaces is accompanied by the sounds of the metropolis; a plethora of synchronised melodies that emanate from the shadowy figures that fuel the hustle and bustle of the city; an omnipotent machine, that in the words of Silvana Barbali is “characterised by a cacophony of sounds, voices, structures, spaces, smells, and sights that weave [the] complex fabric”.
Urban spaces, arguably, where a multitude of people reside and where none originate from, are constantly evolving, taking on multiple forms – imagined temporal worlds that are engulfed by the socio-political, and consumed by the notion of power and authority over others.
It is within the confines of the city, a diverse and dynamic urban space, that battle is waged amongst these shadowy figures. Fuelled by the desire to question belonging, and operating within a regulated structure, maintained, and guarded by ‘official’ and ‘un-official’ custodians, who have or continue to benefit from the old ways of order. They are reluctant to relinquish their control of the city’s machinery; religiously protecting it, using misconceived truths and realities as challenges to opposing views.
Through a series of works, this exhibition, documents the beats and rhythms of these imagined worlds and the figures that reside within them. The viewer is serenaded through a well composed symphony of urban life.
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