Vangile Gantsho participated in a discussion on memory and architecture

Vangile Gantsho, “Honestly, I walked into this conversation skeptical. I didn’t expect it to be a real conversation, truly unpacking some of the violence of architecture and questioning what architecture can/should look like for a people who carry memory differently. Who carry memory through ritual perhaps. Through practice and story and music and plants and the ground, perhaps.

Lesley Lokko opened with a story of how she couldn’t find the word for museum in Xhosa. In a conversation with a guard at the Steve Biko Memorial:

“What do you call a building that houses memory?”

“You don’t need a building to do that.”

Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. I am very thankful for the spaces poetry leads me into. To be called, and to answer.

Siyabulela. Camagu.”