Simnikiwe Buhlungu /Visual Art/
Presenting sound piece “It’s Us O Lord”
Looping through, it attempts to articulate the socio-historical reverberation of a gospel/spiritual song - titled, It’s Me O Lord - and chronologically weaves it through the piano iteration performed by Gerard Sekoto in the late 1950s. Released on an E.P. by Sekoto, a South African modernist painter who was exiled to France from the apartheid regime in South Africa at the time, the song is one echoed in various contexts, through which the sound piece departs, samples, peaks, screeches and builds upon.
Simnikiwe Buhlungu is an artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. Interested in knowledge production[s] — how it is produced, by whom, and how it is disseminated — Buhlungu locates socio-historical and everyday phenomena by navigating these questions and their inexhaustible potential answers. Through this, she maps points of cognizance, i.e. how do we come to know? as syncopated and reverberated ecologies.