How are we looking at our pasts to better understand our present moment to influence our futures? In a not-so-abstract way, we see our heritage as a key to unlocking a more informed future. This way, we activate our heritage as a pathway to new perspectives of self and form vital solutions to unlearning false narratives of who we are.

By tapping into our heritage, we are collectively offering ourselves an opportunity to redirect our gaze to look within and build new pools of knowledge curated by us through us.

This knowledge bears witness to stories that came before and continues to live through us. In this present intersection of mixed realities, We Are Still Here reflects on what it means to be custodians of heritage. What kind of world emerges when people tap into a new era of creation outside of “validated systems?”

We Are Still Here provides cues and tools for self-excavation already embedded within different communities across the globe – Tools that turn us into anthropological archeologists who need not go far to excavate the value stored within. It’s an acknowledgment that our bodies of knowledge serve as sites of memory that hold heritage.
MPHO MOKGADI (b. 1988) currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, born in Pretoria, South Africa. His recent series of works titled 'Reclaiming Cocoa.' documents neo-colonial Swiss relations with Ghana and its path to reclaiming its rich natural resource ownership.

He completed the Advanced Programme in Photography at the Market Photo Workshop (MPW) Johannesburg, South Africa. Since 2013, he has been featured in various online art magazines such as African Photography Network, based in Denmark, the local online blogs: Dynamic Africa and Between10and5.

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