2022 Cape Town, ZA


Curated by Sumayya Vally and Josh Ginsburg

2 July—24 September


Customs takes its cue from a series of photographs by Sumayya Vally in Saudi Arabia in 2021. The images record a number of roadside mosques of varying architectural structure or opacity – a brick-and-mortar housing, a circle of stones, an overhanging branch and natural rock formation – that create ceremonial space. These infrastructures for gathering hold within them invitations to participate in their making and upkeep

The exhibition is underpinned by a new work from Dor Guez. Double Stitch (2022) is an interpretation of a floor-plan of a church and mosque transposed on A4’s gallery. Built one into the other in Guez’s ancestral home of Lydda, the religious sites share between them a wall and multiple tellings of a story. The map is tugged askew at the corners in an imperfect fit inside the gallery. Within and out the boundaries of this map, Customs wonders after practices of collective maintenance, both static and dynamic.
What is it that invites us to use, and to be of use?

Features artworks by Dor Guez, Yoko Ono, Steve McQueen, Kapwani Kiwanga, Igshaan Adams, Frida Orupabo, Ezrom Legae, Nolan Oswald Dennis, Nairy Baghramian, Binelde Hyrcan, Peter Clarke, Willem Boshoff, Moshekwa Langa, and George Hallett