THE MAN IN THE GREEN BLANKET
Durational site-specific performance originally performed by: Lesiba Mabitsela, Richard September, Siyabonga Njica, Siyabulela Sikhawuti and Thabiso Nkoana
Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki is a name few South Africans will recognise.
Born in the Eastern Cape he was a leader, the sole breadwinner for his siblings after losing his parents. He worked as a drill-operator from a young age. He was anonymous; a statistic; somehow both insignificant and pertinent to the bigger picture of the country’s history. The performance intended to commemorate Noki as a person - a man.
The performance was an attempt at disabling the collective ignorance of a nation that know of him only as a symbol used to reference the Marikana Massacre, and in so doing, encourage a human connection with those who suffered.
Five performers in garments made from green blankets walk from different locations around the city towards its centre. The desired effect is of a city captivated by the collective identification of an image, a mirage.
2015: Infecting the City (Cape Town, South Africa)
2015: Vrystaat Kunstefees (Bloemfontein, South Africa)
2020: Turbine Art Fair (online)