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Friday, June 18, 2021


(Right: “This Song is for … “ Photograph: Marla Burger © Iziko Museums of South Africa)

South African multimedia artist, gender advocate, and 2019’s Standard Bank Young Artist award winner for Visual Art, Gabrielle Goliath (b.1983), brings This song is for… to Durban Art Gallery.

Following its successful run at the Makhanda / Grahamstown National Arts Festival, the Standard Bank Art Gallery, and the Iziko South African National Gallery, the work moves to Durban, where it is being presented as an immersive audio and visual installation.

Goliath, in collaboration with a group of women and gender-queer led musical ensembles, presents a simple and powerful installation informed by the popular convention of the dedication song.

The darkened gallery space features two enormous screens on opposite walls, rolling a series of music videos of songs being performed as newly-produced cover versions: each song has been chosen by a survivor of rape. These are songs of personal significance to the survivors – songs that transport them back to a particular time and place, evoking a sensory world of memory and feeling.

This song is for… is at the Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall Smith Street entrance (opposite The Playhouse), in Durban City Centre.  Gallery hours: Monday to Friday 8h30 to 15h00 (no longer open on weekends).