ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
To celebrate is to publicly acknowledge a significant day or event with a social gathering or enjoyable activity – when celebrating one is expected to express joy and present a light demeanour. Sometimes people will dress up in specially chosen attire or according to a theme. At a celebration one can expect food, drink and music. Another way to describe a celebration is to call it a Party(!).
What to expect at an adult party:
More than one person (arguable)
Conversation (light to robust)
Romance and/or Lust
Elephant in the Room is Hiroko Tsuchimoto’s investigation of the performances, dialogues and sequences that make up a party. Her interest in the absurd and awkwardness has produced insightful, ironic work with a sociological outlook.
In any room there is a combination of personalities and/or types of people, it’s possible that at a party certain personality traits are suppressed or amplified. There are those who are there to entertain and those there to be entertained, those who are there to see and those there be seen. It’s a supposedly symbiotic atmosphere where everyone in attendance is to gain fulfilment within their respective limits and social abilities.
In a jovial setting what then could be the “elephant in the room”? Perhaps among a combination of strangers, acquaintances and close friends socialising within a white gallery space, everyone will bring their own elephant.
Performance at Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa
(documentation: photo by Solomon Moremong, video by Pre-empt Group /Phumlani Ntuli)
Text: Chumisa Ndakisa
Video: Solomon Moremong
Sound: Daniel Konar
Graphic design: Joe Turpin
DJ: Sam Turpin
Styling: Neo Diseko
Make-up: Zenie Mketeni
Performers: Bathusi Maqina, Bongekile Nguza, Khotso Motsoeneng, Lwando Dlamini, Palesa Sibiya