14 February – 31 July 2018 | Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
The Centre for the Moving Image is a unique space in the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, created to present a number of moving image works concurrently. This exhibition chronologically mapped Siopis’ film works, allowing the viewers to experience the continuation of her production over time, in a single space.
In addition to her growing archive of 8mm and 16mm found footage, the artist draws from official documents, newspaper clippings and personalized accounts of history, to project a multiplicity of voices through combined fragments of text, image and music. The concrete silos of the Centre for the Moving Image may be likened to the mind, alluding to its cognitive faculties in the making of memories and the assembling of time.
In each intimate chamber is projected the first-person narrative of an individual caught up in larger social and political forces. The story is told through a voice present in the text – a ‘voice in the head’. Created by the artist, re-created by the spectator in every instance of reading, looking and listening. Each story has an elemental quality that speaks beyond its origins. A Greek migrant; a disembodied Irish nun; a man not at home in his own mind; the ever-changing strains of a piece of music, the melody in Welcome Visitors! The individuals’ stories become connected through a shared sense of real and imagined displacement in Southern Africa, echoed in the physical space.