WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, in association with PERFORMA 11 and the Museum of African Art New York, is pleased to announce Ilulwane, Athi-Patra Ruga’s first performance in New York. Ilulwane is a synchronized-swimming performance inspired by Alvin Baltrop’s 1970s and 80s photographs. It reflects on the passage of time in both New York and in the artist’s own Xhosa culture, drawing on themes of Xhosa initiation ceremonies,and the AIDS crisis and challenging definitions of masculinity. Ilulwane is co-presented with the Museum for African Art, in Long Island City, New York. The musical score of Ilulwane is a collaborative composition between Athi-Patra Ruga and acclaimed musician Spoek Mathambo, recent winner of the Young Directors Award (in conjunction with Pieter Hugo, and Michael Cleary), at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
© Athi-Patra Ruga and studio