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. 

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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."