‘Do It Like This!’ is a collaborative effort between two of the top graduates of Wits’ Fine Arts Class of 2012.
The exhibition takes place on 31 October at August House, a studio space recently receiving press attention as home to such artists as Mary Sibanda and Blk Jks’ Tshepang Ramoba .
The exhibition is open from 6.30 – 8pm and drinks will be served to lubricate the intellect.
From the press release for ‘Do It Like This!’ :
‘Do it Like This!’ is an instruction to look, and to look again, at a language operation between Zulu and English that dictates a type of communication based on instruction. Fanagalo is a space between languages.
Fana-ga-lo directly translates into ‘like of that’. ‘Like of that’ is retranslated into ‘do it like this’.
‘Do it Like This’ is an exercise in substitution, addition and subtraction between the uneven vocabularies of Zulu, Fanagalo, and English, in an attempt to pull them into one another.
This ongoing project is based on J.D. Bold’s Fanagalo Phrase-book. The dictionary has provided a vocabulary for substitution, which through basic equation, has been made to contradict, confuse and corrupt itself.