Rehema Chachage (29 Jan - 11 Feb 2024)

Rehema Chachage has an expanded practice which extends to her mother and grandmother through process-based research. Together, they create a ‘performative archive’ which untraditionally ‘collects’ and ‘organizes’ stories, practices, rituals and other oral traditions in different media; performance, photography, olfactory, video, essays and text, as well as physical installations. These have often explored the unearthing of history, space, and the body (how the body and the land remember) by using methods that employ storytelling, the matriline, alternative ways of doing and knowing, as well as other methodologies which are both embodied and instinctual.

In the past, they have focused on rituals that ‘othered bodies’ have employed as a means of moulding, surviving, resisting, and subverting, and how resilience persists through (and despite) a history of dispossession. Their collaborations have been exhibited extensively in Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Chachage holds a BA in Fine Art (2009) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is currently in the process of finalizing her PhD in Practice with the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna.

In collaboration with Kunstraum Niederösterreich Vienna, supported by Kulturrådet

Image: – Lorenz Seidler