re-weaving m/other
2023 site-responsive installation – solo exhibition Origins Centre, University of Witwatersrand

I nurture the material accumulation present in my work – dressmaking scraps, plastic jewels and other mass- produced, synthetic items – through a slow and caring process, thereby transforming maternal intuition into methodology. This process applies humility, Uzma Rizvi’s subversive praxis that sees the ‘I’ in every fragment and thing.

Woven throughout the installation is the presence of care – care for my tactile human-made materials, for an ailing planet, for the body, and for one another.

“Butkow’s work is about connections. It’s about fostering genuine emotional connection in a time of simultaneous hyperconnectivity and increasingly fraught human relationships, fractured along the lines of class, geography, and contemporary markers of identity. It’s also about the connections we’d rather not have – heavy histories, unhealthy relationships with work and money, an overreliance on imported goods and materials – and those we’re still searching for.” 

David Mann, writer, editor & arts journalist

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