Talya Lubinsky

Fellow: PhD

Talya Lubinsky is a PhD candidate and artist from Johannesburg. Her PhD focuses on material relationship between permanence and disintegration, with a focus on cemeteries as landscapes in which the supposed permanence of memorialization comes into contact with the ephemerality of the disintegrating body. This investigation was manifested in a recent exhibition, Marble Dust (January 2020), where Lubinsky traced the contours of decomposing cemetery records and carved them out of marble slabs. The fragility of the paper archives is inverted when it is rendered in marble, a stone that is commonly used for headstones. Here, taking seriously the inherent material qualities of commemorative forms becomes a productive tool for contemplating their meaning.

The CHR in the time of a global pandemic

In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice.  We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.


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