“I #ChooseToChallenge the gaze imposed on non-western peoples and the narratives which have been created by colonialism.”
Sherie Sitauze’s practice is an on-going and ever-evolving exploration of oral storytelling. She sees this as a vehicle for learning, cultivating, and merging narratives. Her work is concerned with knowledge-sharing and the implications of this in current times. Sherie critically considers the metaphysics of past, present and future, questioning conceptions of linear history, particularly in relation to the narratives of non-western communities.
“For the black person, the traumas of the past, far and near, will always persist into the present – and more than likely extend themselves into the future*.
For me, it begins around 1270AD: the Mapungubwe Kingdom and VhaVenda of southern Africa. I am in a constant cycle of coming to terms with my ancestral past while simultaneously seeking it in order to mobilise it within the present day. All the while being a long-term resident on this very foreign, western and British soil. Soil I have conditioned myself into understanding as one of my homes since the age of six.
My practice is an on-going and ever-evolving exploration of oral storytelling as a vehicle for the learning, cultivation and merging of narratives, as well as the sharing of knowledge, and proposing this in current time. I also simultaneously seek to critically consider the metaphysics around past, present and future; the way in which history is not as linear in the way we naturally conceive and summarise it as being, particularly in relation to the narratives of non-western communities.
*s/o to Jacques Derrida for putting into words feelings I once did not know words existed for.”