US owes its genesis to the devastating xenophobic attacks that occurred in South Africa in 2008. It was created in an effort to explore what binds communities, as well as the complexities of difference. As the title suggests, the focus is on the ‘us’, rather than the ‘them’, which typically refers to the marginalised and unwanted ‘other’. Included works contemplate the shifting constellation of self, nation, place and culture.
Curated by Bettina Malcomess and Simon Njami, the exhibition features work by both younger and more established local and international artists including Andrew Putter, Bili Bidjocka, Donna Kukama, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Mikhael Subotzky, Justin Brett, Frances Goodman, the Gugulective, and others.