Lungiswa Gqunta is an artist working in performance, printmaking, sculpture and installation.
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In her work she attempts to deconstruct spatial modes of exclusion and oppression by addressing, amongst other issues the access to and ownership of land, highlighting the persistent social imbalances and the legacies of both patriarchal dominance, racism and colonialism.
She aims to disrupt this status quo with material references to guerrilla tactics and protest: her installations consist of quotidian objects with the potential to become weapons and means to defend in the struggle that opposes the slow violence imposed by oppression in relation to labour, racial, class, and gender inequalities. Catering to context and audience, her works provide positive references and care to people of colour, and impose discomfort, confrontation, and caution in white (cube) spaces. Hereby, Gqunta aims to reassert black people into the landscape, shedding light on sedimented knowledge and proposes forms of collective healing in which music and female strength play a crucial role.
Solo exhibitions include: Sleep In Witness, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds (2022) Tending to the harvest of dreams, Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt (2021); Noteworthy group exhibitions include Ubuntu a Lucid Dream, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; On the Necessity of Gardening,Centraal Museum, Utrecht, Mercusol Biennale Brazil, and Documenta 14.
Her work forms part of the public collections of the Kunsthaus Museum, Zurich, KADIST, Paris, MMK, Frankfurt, and Zeitz MOCAA Cape Town. Gqunta has also been an artist in residence at the Rjiksakademie in Amsterdam and Gasworks, London.