The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016
24 September - 08 October 2016
Installation View
The Brother Moves On
Drumming and Fucking , 2016
Video

Brett Rubin
We are finally on a billboard, 2016
Dibond print
300 x 50 cm
The Brother Moves On
Alice in Pondoland, 2016
Sound, lichi leaves, vinyl, 4 suspended painted corrugated sheets
Dimensions variable
The Brother Moves On
Inncognito, 2012
cardboard, print on canvas, glue, tape
43 x 31 x 70 cm
Stuart Cairns
What goes up must come down I, 2016
paper collage and acrylic paint on wood
142 x 88 cm
Stuart Cairns
What goes up must come down II, 2016
Paper collage and acrylic paint on wood
100 x 71 cm
The Brother Moves On
Bag Man, 2012
Plastic
80 cm x 200 cm x 40 cm
The Brother Moves On
Nkululeko Mthembu : Self Portrait, 2012
Dibond print
31 x 42 cm
The Brother Moves On
A new Myth Tote Bag ,


The Brother Moves On
Facing Saturn Tour Poster, 2016


The Brother Moves On
Alice in Pondoland, 2012
Dibond print
30 x 42 cm
The Brother Moves On
Burn the Space Tour Poster, 2016


The Brother Moves On
Necklace , 2016
Painted dunlop tyre
56 cm in diameter
The Brother Moves On
Suspended disbelief, 2016
Treated animal bones and horns and edition 1 of 5 of Nkululeko Mthembu Self Portrait and Alice in Pondo Land I
Dimensions variable
The Brother Moves On
Say Something Stupid, 2016
Corrugated steel, spray paint, video, ceramic toilet
200 x 120 x 110
The Brother Moves On
Country of my Skull, 2016
Treated and painted cows skull, zinc tub and marker drawing, vinyl, steel wire
Dimensions variable
The Brother Moves On
New Myth tour poster : Nowhere, Peace, South Elsewhere , 2016
Digital print and marker drawing
A3
Brett Rubin
We are finally on a billboard, 2016
Dibond print
300 x 50 cm

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On / Hlabelela: It’s a New Mourning Nkush / 2016 - Installation View

24 September - 08 October 2016

The Brother Moves On

Drumming and Fucking

Brett Rubin

We are finally on a billboard

The Brother Moves On

Alice in Pondoland

The Brother Moves On

Inncognito

Stuart Cairns

What goes up must come down I

Stuart Cairns

What goes up must come down II

The Brother Moves On

Bag Man

The Brother Moves On

Nkululeko Mthembu : Self Portrait

The Brother Moves On

A new Myth Tote Bag

The Brother Moves On

Facing Saturn Tour Poster

The Brother Moves On

Alice in Pondoland

The Brother Moves On

Burn the Space Tour Poster

The Brother Moves On

Necklace

The Brother Moves On

Suspended disbelief

The Brother Moves On

Say Something Stupid

The Brother Moves On

Country of my Skull

The Brother Moves On

New Myth tour poster : Nowhere, Peace, South Elsewhere

Brett Rubin

We are finally on a billboard

Goodman Gallery Johannesburg
24 September – 8 October 2016

“Begin on the other side of discourse.” This was Michele Foucault’s solution to the problem of beginning – because for Foucault – in the very act of creating, the artist is already situated in a discourse governed by established institutional traditions.

The malleability of contemporary black traditions is at the core of The Brother Moves On’s first solo exhibition, Hlabelela, opening at Goodman Gallery Johannesburg on the 24th of September. The exhibition is one which questions each member’s personal histories, cultural background and beliefs as a means of unsettling the idea of a homogenised black experience and its acceptance by white art institutions and discourse. The performances, installations and videos exhibited serve not only as explorations of the complex identity of black youthful opposition but also a way in which to question whether these contemporary traditions can exist with the established traditions of art institutions and discourse.

The intersecting histories, cultural cross overs and the constant search for identity which inform so much of the collective’s work are brought about through collaboration and the exhibition is dedicated to the late founder of The Brother Moves On, Nkululeko Mthembu’s spirit of collaboration.

The title of the exhibition, Hlabelela: It’s a new Mourning Nkush, speaks to the cathartic connection the group achieves in remembering and re-membering the idea of a constant and ever-changing collaborative effort that is The Brother Moves On. “Hlabelela” in this particular context means to sing, to express oneself in the unitary practice of a collective happening. One cannot simply sing alone because in singing alone, exists the beginning of a collective singing together. A single voice echoes the sentiments of the choral relation.

According to the artists, the exhibition “questions whether there really is a space for our traditions and experiences in the art world and ours being black people.” Having lost their founder Nkululeko “Nkush” Mthembu the Brother found that there was little to no space for understanding the spiritual aspect of his death and the mourning process that followed within the practice and the commercialised setting of producing art for an art buying audience.

“Art had no space for death and mourning in the collective’s reality, and this mirrored the country’s own lack of space for the rituals of the land during the transformation… whether in the form of slaughter for the ancestors or singing collectively to mourn those who passed during this process.” So Hlabelela is a calling – and what it calls for is ‘ A New Mourning.’

The Brother Moves On

As soon as you touch me I change
– Mr Gold, The Brother Moves On

Self proclaimed art movement The Brother Moves On is an ever-evolving performance art collective founded by Nkululeko Mthembu and his brother Siyabonga Mthembu. Determined to belie any one definition, the collective’s work is often deliberately improvised and unpredictable. Collaboration drives the collective, which strives to undermine the traditional authority of individual artist practice and ownership.

Long term members of the collective include Siyabonga Mthembu, Zelizwe Mthembu, Ayanda Zalekile, Simphiwe Tshabalala, Oscar Kgware, Itani Thalefi, Hlubi Vhakalise, Malcolm Jiyane , Nolan Oswald Dennis and Stuart Cairns but membership is constantly fluctuating and transient.
Various performers, writers, artists, musicians and activists may collaborate at any given time on different projects before moving on.

The collective create live performances and installations so that meaning is generated through an experience rather than contained within one object. Fiction, re-enactment and the fantastical are utilized in performances like The Afterlife of Mr Gold, which chronicles both the life and afterlife of a supernatural fat cat – and The Brother Breaks the Bullion and The Brother Burns the Bullion – where real word economics and queer identity are amalgamated into a fable of greed and power.

In combining elements of fiction, the supernatural and the fantastical with factual history or recorded ‘truths’ in their installations and performances, The Brother Moves On defamiliarises our experience of both our present and our past. Performative fiction, which drives so much of The Brother Moves On instigates the altered realities through which the collective critique and comment on the socio-political issues of our own reality.