No Return is a recent group exhibition in the showroom of Gallery Momo featuring a selection of works from four Batswana artists in Cape Town, namely Thero Makepe, LegakwanaLeo Makgekgenene, Kim Karabo Makin and Thebe Phetogo. All four artists are currently enrolled at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Phetogo referring to the exhibition said the following:
Together, the body of work engages with the complexities of their dislocated identities, investigating perceptions of home, and reclaiming agency.
This is achieved by means of delicate storytelling and by choosing to ground reality in themselves, as a subjective formation and appropriation. The exhibition serves as a collective reflection of Batswana on aspects of their cultural and national identities, in and out of their ‘realities’.
The Botswana Pavilion is a coming together of individual experiences from one ‘nation’, in another. We have also named ourselves thus to address the overlooking and lack of representation of Batswana artists within ‘Contemporary African Art’ conversation both regionally and internationally.
The exhibition ended on the 8th of June, however the artist are looking to exhibit the collection of work at other locations in the future.