Koeples Boek(e): El Corazon Live from Goethe-Institut 27.03.22

26 Apr 2022

In November last year, the Goethe-Institut (@goethejoburg) launched a debut solo exhibition by Kamyar Bineshtarigh (@kamyar_bineshtarigh) titled koples boek(e), curated by Amogelang Maledu (@amomaledu). In response to the exhibition’s finissage, they will will be hosting a panel discussion, a one-hour live DJ set by Future Nostalgia’s (@futurenostalgia_) El Corazon (@atiyyahkhan) and a Cape Malay cuisine-inspired food experience by Lady Day (@ladyday_food). This public programme aims to reflect on Bineshtarigh’s practice as it intersects with the poetics and politics of Arabic-Afrikaans through multisensorial experiences. From the visual arts, to the sonic and music as well as the act of eating: deliberating the fact of Afrikaans’ historical formation as a kombuistaal. The programme moves with and through the discursive and ocular-centricity of the visual arts to engage other senses of taste, smell, and hearing.

Apart from the artist, the panelists include reflections of Arabic-Afrikaans from performance poet and writer, Lesego Rampolokeng to art journalist, Atiyyah Khan and UCT humanities student and Arabic-Afrikaans researcher, Abdud-Daiyaan Petersen. They will unpack the intersections of artistic practice as it coalesces with memory and archives as catalysts for critical and creative thinking about language production, dissemination and appropriation in a country as diverse as South Africa. The idea of the panel discussion is to have an intergenerational and intersectional discussion on the history of Arabic-Afrikaans that speaks to new ways of historiography, language-making and interpreting historical archives through creative and artistic practices.

Future Nostalgia’s El Corazon (Atiyyah Khan) play an hour long DJ set with records that show and map out how the Arabic language has travelled throughout Africa in different ways – with music from South Africa all the way to North Africa.

We’re so excited to broadcast part of this programme.

If you’re in Johannesburg, head through to Goethe Institute!