Writing a black history to land is a tricky and deceptive task. Thinking the Anthropocene is our only history would be just as deceptive. Drawing black journeys through maps is the process of tying dimensions of time.
Contemporary South African artist, Manyaku Mashilo’s work explores complex associations with a journey. Defining the environment in a language of possibility, Mashilo creates an ongoing relationship with topographical patterning and constellations. Tracing a journey of the hand on the page and feet on the ground through gold and silver line on black paper, they measure our perspective and our vision. Devoid of the human figure, they provide signs, gatherings, and notes to the traveller.
Created as a series of triptychs, the works emphasise the process of walking in a fictionalised landscape, in a dream space.
Here, the land is the DNA thread of the dreamworld.