Sand !Hū Sand

Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen

Sand !Hū Sand, installation view, Kunsthaus Hamburg, 2022, photo: Hayo Heye

Sand !Hū Sand
20 August – 2 October 2022
Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen

Exhibition broschure

Music of the exhibition

Sand Stories: Talk & Stories

Music & Talk with Garth Erasmus, Stefan Schneider, Peter Thiessen

Insights of the final concert click here.

19 August 2022, 7 pm
Speakers: Katja Schroeder (Artistic Director, Kunsthaus Hamburg),
Carsten Brosda (Senator for Culture and Media of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg)
8:30 pm – Performance by Nesindano Xhoes Namise

In the frame of an international collaboration, visual artists and musicians explore sand – as a material and as a medium for reflecting on traces of colonial history, for the reappropriation of indigenous knowledge and the respective worldviews. Sand is like the skeleton of the world, a foundation of modern culture and technologies, the invisible but essential ingredient of constructed living environments and digital communication devices. For its extraction, entire beaches are hauled away, seabeds are sucked out, gigantic pits are dug out, mountains are piled up. Wars are waged, villages sink into the ground and islands are washed over by the sea. Against this background, the artists participating in the project will create a space at the Kunsthaus Hamburg, in which fleeting sounds, fabric, combined with textile and mineral images interweave in a spatial and acoustic installation to form a landscape.

Curated by Katja Schroeder


Sand Stories 
Saturday, 10/09/22, 3 pm
Stories & Talk:
What sand has to say 
(Garth Erasmus, Ruth May, Nesindano Xhoes Namise, Peter Thiessen)
Sisters of the Soil (Oppieyaart) & Aio Da Go (We are grateful)
(Community Gardening Projects in Cape Town and Ovitoto)

Music & Talk
Monday, 12 September 2022, 6 pm
Garth Erasmus (Khoi Khonnexion), Stefan Schneider (Mapstation), Peter Thiessen (Kante)

Mineral Performances
Thursday, 15 September 2022, 6 pm
Tsarab mâs (Dust’s Standing) by Xhoes
Null (Mars & Moon) Dry ice-Performance by Peter Thiessen, with Glen Arendse, Garth Erasmus, Ruth May
Digging Deeper by Nik Duric

The Cosmology of the Bow
Saturday, 17 September 2022, 2 pm
Bow-making workshop (Garth Erasmus)
Lecture: Musical bow of the Khoisan (Glen Arendse)
Bow Ensemble Improvisation

Sand Concert
Saturday, 24 September 2022, 8 pm
Khoi Khonnexion (Kapstadt)
Kuru (Windhoek/Berlin/Hamburg) – Special Guest: Renu Hossain
Kreidler (Düsseldorf/Berlin)
Songs aus The House of Falling Bones (with members of Khoi Khonnexion & Kante, Nik Duric, Ruth May, Xhoes)

Guided tours
Sunday, 21/08/22, 3 pm
Thursday01/09/22, 6 pm
Thursday, 22/09/22, 6 pm

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