Exhibition: 21 - Memories of Growing Up

VENUE: The Homecoming Centre - District 6 Museum
ADDRESS: 15 A Buitenkant Street Cape Town
EXHIBITION OPENING: Friday 19 May @ 18h00
DAILY VIEWING: 20 May to 28 June 10h00 - 16h00

CONCEPT | Mats Staub
Collaboration in South Africa | Maia Marie, Nomonde Mbusi
Camera | Matthias Stickel, Benno Seidel,
Sifiso Khanyile
Sound | Andrea Brunner, Mandla Nkuna
DESIGN | Monika Schori
Translation | David Tushingham
Technology | Stefan Goebel
Head of production | Elisabeth Schack
Production | zwischen productionen

When did you turn 21? What happened in that year? And how did you become
adult? Swiss artist Mats Staub discussed these questions with a large group
of people of all ages – Mrs Zirkelbach turned 21 in 1939, Mr Simba in 2015.
He recorded their stories and then had them listen to their own answers
three months later, while filming their facial expressions. This resulted in the
video installation 21 – Memories of Growing Up, in which the visitors can view
and listen to these video portraits and stories, thus engaging in an intimate
moment in the lives of the narrators of all ages and various backgrounds. The
exhibition is growing from City to City and will present portraits from Switzerland,
Germany, Belgrade, England, Holland and Southafrica.

“This is the transcendent aspect of the project: it breaks the boundaries of
race, class and culture and it allows people who have grown up in disparate
parts of the world and sometimes in vastly different circumstances to feel a
deep connection with another human being.“ (Bongani Kona in Passages)
Coproduction | Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt, Germany), Festival
Theaterformen (Hannover, Germany), Museum für Kommunikation (Bern,
Switzerland), Gessnerallee (Zurich, Switzerland), KC Grad (Belgrade, Serbia),
Kunstfest Weimar (Germany), Kaserne Basel, Museum der Kulturen (Basel,
Switzerland), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna, Austria), Theater Freiburg (Freiburg,
Germany), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival (Groningen, Netherlands)
With the support of | Pro Helvetia Swiss Arts Council, Ernst Göhner Stiftung,
Migros-Kulturprozent, Stadt Zürich Kultur, Kanton Zürich Fachstelle Kultur