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Episode 3

Listen to Season 2, Episode 3 of The ICA Podcast! Featuring an in-depth profile of performance artist, writer and cultural worker Kopano Maroga's 2019 performance, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations.

Maroga guides us through the reverberant soundscape and rich imagery of Jesus Thesis, and considers how their spiritual background, study of comparative mythology, and reading of Saidiya Hartman’s concept of “critical fabulation” shaped and inspired the making of the work.

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Kopano Maroga, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations. Image credit: Jesse Navarre Vos.

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Kopano Maroga, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations.

Kopano Maroga is a performance artist, author, cultural worker and co-founder of the art organisation ANY BODY ZINE.
Maroga currently lives in Brussels, Belgium and works as a curator and guest dramaturge at the Kunstencentrum Vooruit in Ghent, Belgium. Maroga's debut volume of poetry Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations was published by uHlanga Press in 2020. Maroga believes in the power of love as a “weapon of mass construction”.

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Kopano Maroga. Photo by Katinka Bester.

About The ICA Podcast

The Podcast – launched in July 2020 – emerged out of the ICA's 2019 publication Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa and extends the work begun by the book through conversations with the creators and curators of Live Art. The role of the Podcast has been particularly important in this time of the pandemic, when live performance has been difficult and sometimes impossible, but the intimacy and expansiveness of listening remains critical.

Season 1 looked at the body of work of 8 diverse artists. In Season 2, we're doing things a bit differently by offering each episode as a deep dive into a single performance:

We the Not-Not People! -Things done, not told. Inscribed, not written by Donna Kukama
Things We Lost in the Rainbow by Athi-Patra Ruga
Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations by Kopano Maroga
Qash-Qash by Nomcebisi Moyikwa
Yet to be Determined by Gavin Krastin
Fragments of Encounters by nomi blum
Body of Evidence by Jay Pather


Looking ahead

We’ll be releasing Episodes 4 to 8 of Season 2 – featuring Gavin Krastin, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, nomi blum, Athi-Patra Ruga and Jay Pather in the new year! Keep an eye on our website for details.

See you in 2022!

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Kopano Maroga, Jesus Thesis and Other Critical Fabulations.

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