Absa L"Atelier Awards Gerard Sekoto Award - Philiswa Lila "Self Titled"

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29 Sep 2018

Here is what she said. "Self-Titled, refers to my name which is loosely translated as “Be Healed”. Healing is taken from “Indigenous” thinkers, doers and leaders in African knowledge and understanding. 


The notion of healing in my work deals with how I am interested in body, identity, ritual, religion and politics. I use my own name to explore the nuances of language, meaning and experiences of individualism within a community framework. By this I mean, a name of a person carries with it different narratives in relation to their surroundings. Self – Titled is a project about individual experiences as recognisable or familiar to collective frameworks of culture in South Africa."