Njelele Art Station

Suzana Sousa
11.08.19 - 25.08.19

Suzana Sousa is on research residency at Njelele from 11 to 25 August 2019.  Suzana Sousa is on research residency at Njelele from 11 to 25 August 2019.

Suzana Sousa is an independent curator and writer who lives and works in Luanda. A fellow of Africa as a Country, she is currently curating "The power of my hands" at the Museum of Modern Art, Paris part of the Africa Season 2020 in France. Sousa co-curated 'Luuanda' with Paula Nascimento at Hangar, Lisbon; 'Imbanba ya Muhatu – Coisas de mulher' with artists Keyezua and Wura Natasha-Ogunji at Centro Cultural Português, Luanda; 'Seeds of Memory' for the Angolan Pavillion at Expo Milano 2015 and 'Love me Love me Not, Art from the Collection Sindika Dokolo' at the Biblioteca Almeida Garreth, Porto. Sousa has published in Kronos: Southern African Histories and Condition Report 3: Art history in Africa by MOTTO/ Raw Material Company, Contemporary&, Art+Auctions (NY), Goethe Institute Magazine, Arterial Network/Arts in Africa. She is a member of the cultural collective ‘Pés Descalços’ with a group of Angolan independent minds.


Southern African countries share a history of struggle and liberation from colonialism. During the fight for freedom, exile and dislocation created points of connection and support. The bonds became even stronger because of violence and trauma, both historic due to a collective history of slavery, forced labour and brutality, but also that which came with war and fighting for freedom. These bonds are political and historic but also individual and among people, connecting lives and familiar stories, bringing people, languages and cultures closer.
     Coming from Luanda, Sousa examines these links in Harare, through local archives and art. These issues will allow her to closely examine memory and trauma in the Southern Africa region with a contemporary art perspective.


Open Studio | Njelele Art Station

Archiving History & Memory: Contemporary Art in Southern Africa
Suzana Sousa & Raphael Chikukwa
Harare Conversations | NGZ

This residency is supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) through its Regional Arts Progamme.


Lineo Segoete, Joshua Chiundiza and Wanlov the Kubolor on Love on a visa, for the podcast Concepts of Love.