South African artist Nicholas Hlobo performed "Thoba, utsale umnxeba” at the Institute of Contemporary Art tonight, in conjunction with his new exhibit at the Boston museum. He’ll perform again from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday (the museum’s free night). I’ll be reviewing all this soon.
The museum describes the performance thusly:
“Translated to mean 'to lower oneself and make a call,' the title describes how Hlobo will sit in a meditative posture with a headdress of multiple ribbons and hair extensions fastened like suction cups to the gallery walls. The performance introduces fresh perspectives to the space were the private body, public ritual, and cultural engagement align.”