Faye Kabali-Kagwa describes herself as an arts coordinator and culture writer with a growing interest in curation. She is an interdisciplinary practitioner with a strong focus on identity, migration, accessibility, and public engagement.
<br> In 2020 she began exploring WhatsApp as a medium for storytelling and debuted her first WhatsApp production, The Shopping Dead, at the virtual National Arts Festival 2020. In 2019 Faye was recognized as a Young Cultural Innovator by the Salzburg Global Seminar.
An Online and WhatsApp driven exhibition
'#DearUs, Matric 2020' curated by Faye Kabali-Kagwa speaks to the lives of 6 South African teenagers living through a global pandemic at what should be the pinnacle of their schooling career. It centralises a moment shared by many, matriculation, while allowing the audience to identify and empathise with individual stories from the matric 2020 class using a platform that is familiar to many.
These stories will be collaborative creations by the students and three visual and digital artists; Mmakhotso Lamola, Kamogelo Tselane, and Barry Christianson. These stories will then be shared through the online exhibition and on a WhatsApp status as an exhibition.
What is unique about this exhibition is the use of WhatsApp which is the most widely used and downloaded app on the continent. Not only will we be utilising it as an exhibition space but also a site for activation and engagement with our core audience. For more information on how to join the WhatsApp exhibition and on associated programming for this exhibition, visit the exhibition link.
#DearUs, Matric 2020', commissioned for the Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival #PowerToThePixel and supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, the South African Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, the National Arts Council and the Gauteng Film Commission.
The artists :
Mmakhotso Lamola (SA) - 360
Kamogelo Tselane (SA) - Animations
Barry Christianson (SA) - Photography