131pp, colour illus., paperbsck, (Johannesburg), 2019
The yoni book is the second iteration of The Two Talking Yonis - a solo exhibition of Reshma Chhiba's work, curated by Nontobeko Ntombela - which took place in 2013 in Johannesburg at Constitution Hill (Women's Jail), Room Gallery and Projects, and Kalashnikovv Gallery. In this book Chhiba and Ntombela reflect on their working process, collaboration and collective thinking.
"Introduction: the yonis in conversation(s)" by Reshma Chhiba and Nontobeko Ntombela
"The Absent Yoni: conversations with..." by Reshma Chhiba
"When Silence Speaks - gender performativity in the visual art practice of Reshma Chhiba" by Sharlene Khan
"The Two Talking Yonis" by Devarakshanam (Betty) Govinden
"The Complex Gendering of 'and': Reshma Chhiba's 'The Two Talking Yonis'" by Tracy Murinik
"The Yoni's Call and Response" by Nontobeko Ntombela.
Reshma Chhiba is a visual artist and dancer based in Johannesburg, who is interested in the intersection between contemporary visual art and classical Indian dance practices in South Africa. Through obsessive encounters with the goddess Kali, she aims to blur the lines between the mythological/real, feminine/masculine, Indian/Black, performed/painted, and transcendent/physical.
Nontobeko Ntombela is a South African curator based in Johannesburg, where she works as a lecturer at the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand.