Wishing to extend the debate globally and make fluid the definition of technology, these works engage with the less obvious definitions of technology and their affects. There remains an old Pan- Africanist thinking that unites all Africans under one, and places them against the west and technology. The Post African discourse assumes a less binary engagement with indigenous and technisistic discourse. Thus allowing Africans to engage with globalisation on par with the rest of the world. Even more so, what we have learned from post colonialism is a sensitivity towards embedded hegemonic structures. What we bring to the table in terms of form and content should not be read from a post-colonial context only, because it pigeon holes the message and perpetuates a global position that keeps us separate. We are oscillating between a utopian modernist ideal of being African and post modern devices. We feel a lot of pressure to choose one over the other. Under a metamodern paradigm, we can do both.
“We must define ourselves according to our own terms, like that, we bring something to the table. Playing the game of fitting in to so-called first-world standards does not serve us in our current condition. I’m not saying we should be ignorant of what is going on outside of us but rather we shouldn’t be ignorant of the tools we have at our disposal, namely the African experience” Sandile Radebe.
The exhibition looks to extend the debate globally and the artwork addresses issues of being an African elsewhere, belonging locally, what forms an African identity, spectatorship, displacement, Crimes against Africans as well as touching on feminist agendas.