In the fourteenth session of Unrehearsed Futures (Season 2), South African poet, performer and author Lebo Mashile shared her experience of the pandemic during the past year, things that changed around her, and spaces where there is possibility to make new changes.
Mashile also shared how the pandemic has economically affected black creative communities in South Africa, forcing seasoned professionals to live gig-to-gig again. She also said she has had to work on reduced rates because the nature of the work is online. But she also found that working online has led to discovering new communities. “There’s a kind of an underground quality to the creative interactions that are happening, particularly the ones that are artists driven, particularly the ones that are being driven by creatives themselves. There is this sense of us being able to find the people who are genuinely interested in what we do, truly building tribes and communities around our own unique offerings. And I see particular communities doing that quite successfully,” Mashile opined.
During the conversation, she also discussed social justice politics and art, institutional collapse with the arts sector, talking back to hegemonies and ruminating on the question of, “Who are my people?”
STAY TUNED! We will be publishing a long-form article about the talk and the ideas/themes that emerged during the session on our blog in the coming weeks.
Compiled and written by Phalguni Vittal Rao
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