Cultural Initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East
Based in Johannesburg, curator Bhavisha Panchia came for a residency at B7L9 to inform her research on Tunisia's role in the 1st Congress of Arab Music held in Cairo in 1932 conducted for an exhibition at the Sharjah Art Foundation's as their Air Arabia Curatorial Residency programme. In her curatorial work, Bhavisha Panchia focuses on the social and ideological signification of sound and music in contemporary culture. She questions the prioritization of knowledge and systems which determine who is given the right to speak and, to be heard. At large, Panchia’s work engages with artistic and cultural practices under shifting global conditions ; focusing on anti/postcolonial discourses, imperial histories, and networks of production and circulation of (digital) media.
While in residency, Bhavisha Panchia gave a talk about her audio curation project and exhibition “what is left of what has left”. Produced in 2016, the 12” vinyl record is a compilation of DJs, musicians, and artists within the contemporary African diaspora.