Nicholas Hlobo, umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower, 2017, Performa 17 Commission. Photo © Paula Court.
Nicholas Hlobo, umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower, 2017, Performa 17 Commission. Photo © Paula Court.

Nicholas Hlobo

umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower

Harlem Parish

258 West 118th Street
New York, NY 10026

Free entry. Audiences may come and go as they wish for the durational performance - installation will be open during the specified times (10am-12pm, or 2pm-4pm)


Nicholas Hlobo’s presentation at Performa 17 expands on an earlier four-part performative installation, first seen in his 2016 exhibition Sewing Saw. The umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower; Lo’de litshone; Umbhaduli; Uthekwane performances feature dress-clad men. Hlobo’s interest in engaging with historical objects from domestic interiors contribute to each work’s conceptual and material multiplicity. He adopts the singer sewing machines, workstation and other apparatus that symbolize industrial self-sufficiency whilst critically observing prescribed gender roles that shape domesticity, labor, and globalization.

Image credit: Nicholas Hlobo, umBhovuzo: The Parable of the Sower, 2017. Photos © Paula Court. Courtesy of Performa.

Credits

Curated by RoseLee Goldberg. Supported by the Rolex Institute, Ford Foundation, Wendy Fisher and the South African Pavilion Committee, and the Performa Commissioning Fund.

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