HOME MAKING

:

An Anthology of Hyperreal Cooking Preserves

by 

Mwanamuke Moja

(A woman)

binti ya Bageni

(daughter of Bageni)

 

Based on conditions of

'Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experience'

CAMP MUTOMBO, KATANGA, LUBUMBASHI, DRC

-

JOHANNESBURG

 
“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition
-
James Baldwin

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are written, performed & filmed in observational clips

utangulizi 
(prologue)
 
“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition
-
James Baldwin

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are readwritten, performed, made & filmed in observational clips

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are readwritten, performed, made & filmed in observational clips

You are invited as guest to the hyperreal embodiment of these irrevocable conditions that make home for those of us who are borders away from the countries of our birth. 

The host is the architectural exhibition space of the GSA Metro, it is read in architectural convention..

The ghosts you will encounter are the rituals of these irrevocable conditions that allow us to make home, they will be read in halftone.

kuchora kazi | drawn, written, filmed, made

(working drawing)

translations of  kuchora kazi

noun

kuchora

draw

kuchoka

exhaustion

kazi

work

 

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“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition
-
James Baldwin
lived experience 

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are written, performed & filmed in observational clips

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kazi (labour) | 

performed & filmed

translations of kazi

noun

kazi

work

kazi

task

kazi, uzazi 

labor

ukaribu (proximity) | filmed

translations of ukaribu

noun

ukaribu

vicinity

translations of karibu

adverb

karibu

close

karibu

almost

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the labours our hands and bodies bear as women born borders beyond South Africa

photographed by Pontsho Pilane

the borders of our experiences are collapsed by the proximity of the space that's left over to those of us who are borders away from our countries of birth, our homes

memory

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are written, performed & filmed in observational clips

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kumbukumbu (memory) | performed & filmed

kumbuka (remember) 

translations of kumbukumbu

noun

kumbukumbu

memory

kumbukumbu

mention

On memory's ability to collapse borders

intimately scaled personal history

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are written, performed & filmed in observational clips

kwa undani (intimately) | filmed , made & drawn

translation of kwa undani 

 

kwa undani

in detail

ndani

inside 

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This project is very much about the minute; the seemingly inconsequential things that happen between hands

 
 
 
 
 
 

In reaching for home and in the making of it here, in South Africa, there are labours to be borne. The labours our hands and bodies bear as women born borders beyond South Africa. These labours are read as hauntings, an absent presence in the act of home and place making for women considered marginal.

This project looks at memory, the intimacy of personal history & lived experience, to uncover the labours embedded in the home making rituals enacted by migrant people through food.

 

These labours of body, hands and speech experienced by migrant people mu kurima, (ploughing), kukomesha, (growing), kubebesha (collection), processing(kutwanga), preservation(kuchunga) and preparation(kupika), of these foods, particularly cassava, in its prevalence in the foodscape of migrant foodways in varying forms; these labours are read, embodied and traced through text, performance and film, then drawn or made.

Home cannot exist without the words of my mother's tongue, without the work in her hands and body, carried by her mother before her, and other women that host the places that bear these traces of home in food. We are daughters of the same grain, in garri, uji na ugali.
 

an experience of
the Hyperreal embodiment
 
of 
Home Making

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are written performed & filmed in observational clips

taarifa ya hadithi |written

(record of stories)

dossier (record, account) 

 

dossier - record of stories

record [swahili] : taarifa

stories [swahili] : hadithi 

translations of  record of stories

noun

record

taarifa

stories

hadithi

Memory, intimately scaled personal history & lived experiences

are readwritten, performed, made & filmed in observational clips

 

habari ya sombe [swa]  | filmed , made & drawn

                  pondu [lin]

      

(the manners of cassava leaves)

translation of habari ya sombe

 

habari

how are you?

habari

how 

habari 

manner 

Act 8 _ habari ya sombe : kupika
Act 8 _ habari ya sombe : kupika

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ramani ya kimataifa (transnational map)
ramani ya kimataifa (transnational map)

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habari ya sombe
habari ya sombe

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this body of work is interested in who is seen, placing those who are considered marginal at the centre, it asks "what do those who are considered marginal have to say for themselves". 
 
the space this work starts to ocuppy in the practice of architecture is one which develops ways of seeing through it's metholdology; these trigger questions of how architecture may be if our considerations for what architecture is, was broadened , primarily through who is considered when it is conceived, articulated  executed and how.