Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness

8 July – 30 October 2022

Forthcoming exhibition in our Main Galleries

This exhibition of new and recent work by Lungiswa Gqunta (b.1990, lives and works in Cape Town) will be the artist’s largest to date. 

Through her sculpture and video, Gqunta unveils the legacies of colonialism in South Africa. 

Sleep in Witness includes two room-filling installations made especially for the exhibition, using materials drawn from South Africa’s histories and present, alongside the video Gathering 2019.

Landscape, memory, water and the body are linked throughout Gqunta’s work as connections are made between the landscape, place, the artist’s community and her ancestors.

About the artist

Lungiswa Gqunta lives and works in Cape Town. Her solo exhibitions include Tending to the harvest of dreams 2021, ZOLLAMTMMK Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt; Lungiswa Gqunta 2019, Apalazzo Gallery, Brescia, Italy; Qwitha 2018, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town; Poolside Conversations 2017, Kelder Projects, London and Qokobe 2016, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town. Group exhibitions include Ubuntu a Lucid Dream 2021, Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Living Forgiving Remembering 2020, Museum Arnheim, Netherlands; Garden of Earthly Delights 2019, Gropius Bau, Berlin and The Planetary Garden, Cultivating Coexistence, Manifesta Biennial 12, Palermo (2018). Gqunta attended the Gasworks Residency, London; Women on Aeroplanes workshop, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and the Nirox Residency, Cradle of Humankind in 2018. Gqunta is also one of the founding members of iQhiya, with whom she participated in Documenta 14 and Glasgow International.

Opening night celebration

The Institute's exhibition opening parties are back! Join us on Thursday 7 July to celebrate and be the first to see Lungiswa Gqunta: Sleep in Witness.

Free entry, 6 - 8pm, all are welcome. Drinks will be served.

Sign up for the opening night party via Eventbrite

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

Opening times

Galleries: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm

Research Library: Monday to Saturday, 10am - 5pm; Sunday, 1 - 5pm
Archive of Sculptors' Papers: Tuesday to Friday, by prior appointment