In her solo exhibition Morapedi: One Who Prays, Lerato Lodi reflects on the similarities and differences between African Spirituality and Christianity. Although in her discourse, her Christian background is acknowledged, her African Spirituality practice remains an important site of inspiration and artistic expression. In this podcast the work The Gathering guides our discussion that touches on her origins, art training and the ‘liminal space’ that exists between the physical and spiritual realm from whence the body of work comprising of this solo exhibition were realized.
Acknowledgements: I would like to thank Studio Nxumalo on behalf of Mme Lerato Lodi for coordinating the interview and for providing all necessary materials in my preparation for this interception (interview). A special thank-you to my colleague in the arts, Morena Percy Mabandu for weaving an equally esoteric text that introduces Mme Lodi to the art world. Lastly, many thanks to Mme Amohelang Martha Mohajane, North-West University Gallery Curator, and her team for their vital role in the physical manifestation of Morapedi: One Who Prays.
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* The sound-clip playing at the beginning of this interview’s soundtrack is sampled from a song titled Nomaphupho by the psychedelically-inspiring artist Sibusile Xaba. Nomaphupho is part of an exposition grouped under the album name Open Letter to Adoniah (2016). Herein it is used with permission from the artist. It is available on all major streaming platforms for your full enjoyment.
To reference this text & audio documentation please cite:
Kgokong, M.A. 2021. Intraparadox, Interview with Lerato Lodi: The Gathering. 30 April 2021. Nom.IrieAmbientEffect. Mmutleak.com-Intraparadox. https://mmutleak.com/2021/05/05/intraparadox-an-interview-with-lerato-lodi/
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