CUSS Group
in collaboration with ANGEL-HO, FAKA, Megan Mace, NTU

Founded in 2011 in Johannesburg, ZA
Ravi Govender * 1984 in Durban, ZA, lives and works in Geneva, CH
Christopher Bryden McMichael * 1984 in Durban, ZA, lives and works in Johannesburg, ZA
Mpumelelo Jamal Nxedlana * 1985 in Durban, ZA, lives and works in Johannesburg, ZA
Philip Pilekjær * 1988 in Odense, DK, lives and works in Copenhagen
Lex Trickett * 1985 in Durban, ZA, and works in Johannesburg, ZA
Zamani Xolo * 1980 in Durban, ZA, lives and works in Johannesburg, ZA

The collective CUSS Group responds to commercial, cultural, and technological super-hybridity in contemporary South Africa and beyond. Signposted as “Triomf Factory Shop,” their installation appears to be a store filled with products for sale: including a fragrance, a beer, and LCD monitors broadcasting a TV channel, all of which are commissioned works by other South African artists. The shop serves as a virtual “front” for a back room, which is a site of production for a live program of performances. Closed to the public, these events are streamed from behind closed doors into the storefront. CUSS Group’s use of a shop not only speaks to the gap between official presentation and processes of creative production, but it also plays on how in the city politics and national interests that drive biennials, participants are envoys, quasi-exports, quasi-emigrants, of cultural dissemination amid a globalized, though still nationally based creative economy.

List of works

Nguni Arts International, 2016

In collaboration with ANGEL-HO, FAKA, Megan Mace, NTU
Courtesy CUSS Group, ANGEL-HO, FAKA, Megan Mace, NTU
Commissioned and coproduced by Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
With the support of French Institute of South Africa (IFAS); Goethe-Institut e. V., Munich