THERE ARE MECHANISMS IN PLACE, a creative publication in response to the exhibition by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

: Makhubu (N.) & Mabaso (N.) curators & eds.

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99pp., 4 small attached folded texts, one 'exercise book' bound in and a folded poster in pocket at back, b/w & colour illus., hardback, one of an Edition limited to 100 copies signed by the curatorsCape Town, 2019 


A collection of text, poetry and visual analysis as a response to Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum's exhibition of the same name, staged at Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town, in 2018. 

Both Sunstrum’s exhibition and the title of this book critically engage Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimade's words during the 2015 student protests: “It is a challenge, but I wouldn’t call it a crisis. A crisis implies that the situation is so bad that there are no mechanisms to deal with it. There are mechanisms in place.” 

Contributions include:

"Artist Statement" by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

"The Present" by Makhosazana Xaba

"This Visual Something Something" by Nkule Mabaso

"A Perspective of Historical Mechanisms and the Perceptions of Alienation" by Philiswa Lila

"The Landscape of Meaning: mechanism and memory in depictions of disaster" by Amie Soudien

"Indalo!" by Nomusa Makhubu.