Dreaming as a R-evolutionary Act: A Creative “Talkshop”
Coral Bijoux is a South African artist who makes visible the work that she has engaged with for many years: observing, challenging, documenting life in a transitioning world amidst political and social upheavals, quiet moments and life experiences. An autoethnographic focus draws near her ideas and concepts through a visual language which is fecund with metaphor and symbol, textured surfaces through her choices of materiality echo layered meanings.
Her artwork, curatorial practice and projects centre on these experiences and observations using predominantly installation in site specific spaces; sculptural forms, drawings, photo-montages/collage and paintings in a variety of materials.
She is mostly self-taught as an artist, has a teacher’s qualification; more than 27 years’ experience working in the arts, education and heritage sectors; an Honours degree in Gender Studies (summa cum laude) and is working on an inter-disciplinary Masters in Art Degree at the Drama and Theatre Department, UKZN.
Hladini Mensah is an avid reader, writer, photographer, musician, dancer, traveler, and all-around creative. She is passionate about social justice and the environment and focuses her work on those intersections. Hladini received a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She worked at the Penn Museum for over 3.5 years in two non-curatorial roles and developed an awareness of the scope of the work that still needs to be done to align museums to their stated, culturally-responsive visions. She is especially interested in examining who is involved in this work and who is missing from these conversations.
Hladini currently serves as a Board Trustee for the Circle School (Harrisburg, PA) and as part of her work there, assists the school in navigating its long-term vision planning. Hladini also initiated the school’s Anti-Racism Committee which has begun the process of examining race and racism at the school, both historically and in the present moment.