Last week marked the opening of renowned American visual artist Hank Willis Thomas’ first solo show at Goodman Gallery’s Johannesburg location. In this illuminating interview, Thomas expounds on his new collection of perspective-shifting stills, exploring themes of race, politics and relativity including his intimate take on his place as an African American in post-apartheid South Africa. We were fortunate enough to be in Joburg for the show (and also see him honored by the American ambassador to South Africa), but for those who can’t see his work in person, this interview offers a rich, academic context to Thomas’ artistic practice from the man himself. Both complex and accessible, the ideas surrounding race, technology and art brought about in the interview represent required reading for the modern day.
“History Doesn’t Laugh”