Donna Kukama's current and ongoing site-specific series presents an ephemeral (hi)story book that is not limited to a physical form with bound paper and written text. The body of work has taken the form of performances, text, objects, memories, drawing, installation, and sound specifically related to monuments, memorials and commemorations for those who absolutely need to be remembered.
The book was originally conceived as a tool for questioning and rethinking memorials, monuments, and national commemorations within the South African landscape. Chapters have since been presented in a range of other contexts. Each chapter physically revisits sites of violence - whether physical or discursive, personal or public - directed at and experienced by socially, structurally, and economically marginalized bodies, and communes with the memories of bodies that have been placed on the margins of historical metanarratives.
Each chapter is conceived as a performance/intervention, and each chapter's title is non-chronologically named after a letter from the modern English alphabet.
As part of the project by Kiluanji Kia Henda The Sound is the Monument, Kukama will present a new chapter in Bergen with Volt at Østre.