Lebogang Mabusela "Makoti Dreamz presents Old wives gunz"

The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg
08 Aug 2019



Drawing from this anecdote of a childhood memory, "I was a flower girl at a relative's wedding when during the reception while the wedding party was seated and programme had started. Next on the programme was an elderly lady who then used the opportunity to open all the gifts one by one and read them. She opened a gift, - and the thing about wedding gifts is that they are usually domestic objects because they are meant to help the newlyweds build their new 'official' home- so the gifts were domestic objects, usually women are subjected to these objects. As she opened the gifts one by one, she would tell what the gift is and address the bride on how to use the objects to appease the husband and the in-laws. I have forged a bridal gifts shop that manufactures and sells guns.

This performance is an iteration of my bridal shop 'Makoti', where I will be dealing bridal gifts that give women superpowers and enhance their desires. These guns are a materialization historic feminist technology acquired from across different times and spaces as mythology, messy and missing stories.

Please arrive at 6pm as the performance will start at 6:30pm sharp.

Helena Uambembe will then perform 'My Load I Shall Carry' from 7pm. Food and drink served till 10:30pm.

Space is limited to 70 people. RSVP essential to craig@themelrosegallery.com and we will email to confirm if space allows.

Exhibition views

Some views of the exhibition