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NTU (Bogosi Sekhukhuni with Nolan Oswald Dennis and Tabita Rezaire), Thus Saith the Lord (Overunity), 2015, digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes 59 seconds.

Bogosi Sekhukhuni

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NTU (Bogosi Sekhukhuni with Nolan Oswald Dennis and Tabita Rezaire), Thus Saith the Lord (Overunity), 2015, digital video, color, sound, 5 minutes 59 seconds.

So much for small talk. For his solo debut in North America, Bogosi Sekhukhuni positioned the exhibition’s unwieldiest artwork at the gallery’s entrance. The video by NTU (Bogosi Sekhukhuni with Nolan Oswald Dennis and Tabita Rezaire) Thus Saith the Lord (Overunity), 2015, opens with a narrator arguing in voice-over that science’s rationalist paradigm fails to account for the multiple historical figures who have attributed their major discoveries to visions or dreams. Blurry jpeg portraits of Dmitri Mendeleev, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and Albert Einstein flash across the screen, leading finally to Sangulani Maxwell Chikumbutso, the Zimbabwean founder and chief technology officer of Saith Holdings. Energetic and voluble, Chikumbutso tells his life story, invoking both Nikola Tesla and Bible scripture to explain how a religious awakening inspired him to develop cutting-edge technology.

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