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LHOLA AMIRA The woman who ex­ists be­tween re­al­ity and per­for­mance Although her work is o en de­scribed as per­for­mance art, Lhola Amira de nes her prac­tice as ‘ap­pear­ance’, and she is most in­ter­ested in the in­ter­sec­tion­al­ity be­tween re­al­ity and per­for­mance. It’s di cult to ex­plain how she si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­spires joy and pain through her prac­tise, but so del­i­cately does this re­la­tion­ship ex­ist, that her ‘per­for­mance’ re­mains with you long a er you walk away. Through her work, she en­cour­ages the in­ter­ro­ga­tion of black­ness, queer­ness, revo­lu­tion and love. Lhola re­cently com­pleted the AiR Sk vde res­i­dency in Swe­den, but is no stranger to trav­el­ling around the world for her work, hav­ing ap­peared in Spain and Brazil, among other places. Lhola and SMAC Gallery re­cently ex­hib­ited L S in a fu­sion of art, pol­i­tics and eco­nomics by in­ves­ti­gat­ing as­sump­tions, con­tra­dic­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions placed on con­tem­po­rary de ni­tions of Africa. Read our in­ter­view with Lhola Amira at @lhola.amira

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