Tazneem Wentzel is one of the founding members of Burning Museum, a multidisciplinary art collective based in Cape Town, South Africa. Naz Cuguoglu, writer and coordinator of maumau art residency in Istanbul, spoke with Wentzel about Burning Museum, her time in the residency programme, and the differences and similarities she identified as a South African in Turkey. This interview appeared in full in the April Issue of ARTsouthAFRICA's Digital Edition.
Artes Mundi, the UK’s leading international art prize, has announced the panel of independent selectors for the seventh edition of the widely acclaimed Artes Mundi exhibition and prize!
Do you have aspirations of becoming one of South Africa's most recognised artists? Ever wished someone would recognise your potential and afford you the opportunity to be part of South Africa's art milieu? Does the idea of having your work showcased on a national stage and admired by critics and lovers alike, tickle your creativity? Then the 2015 Sasol New Signatures competition is the perfect platform for you.
The South African pavilion at the Venice Biennale has been shrouded in controversy for a number of years. This year has proven to be no different. From an alarming lack of information, mere weeks before the event, to what some might call a questionable line-up, ARTsouthAFRICA sought to find out more.
Five finalists and a winner have been announced for the first SA Taxi Foundation Art Award, marking the first cross over between art and design as an award criterion and the first time art will be taken to the public as a moving exhibition – on minibus taxis!
The National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) is partnering with the prestigious Canadian Stage in Toronto in April to present six acclaimed local productions, showcasing some of SA’s leading performers, writers, directors and choreographers in a special three-week Spotlight South Africa festival.
ARTsouthAFRICA spoke to Teddy Goitom, founder (along with Senay Berhe and Benjamin Taft) of Afripedia, a digital platform and a visual guide to art, design, music and contemporary culture from Africa and African creatives worldwide. This interview was published in full in ARTsouthAFRICA The Innovation Issue (13.3).
Well known as the enfant terrible of South African art, Brussels-based conceptual artists Kendell Geers hardly needs any introduction. Andrew Lamprecht, senior lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) and Guest Editor for ARTsouthAFRICA 13.2, spoke with Geers about his 2014 solo exhibition, 'AniMystikAktivist,' at the Goodman Gallery, Cape Town (13 December 2014 - 17 JAnuary 2015). This interview was published in full in the March Issue of ARTsouthAFRICA 13.3.
As the controversy surrounding the second Kenyan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale continues to rage, ARTsouthAFRICA has gathered a number of opinions from well-regarded voices within the African contemporary arts community.
The Magnum Foundation has selected twenty-two year old South African photographer Sipho Mpongo as one their 2015 Human Rights Fellows. The Photography and Human Rights programme provides photographers from the Global South with scholarships and intensive training in the ethical use of photography in the advancement of human rights at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Students will explore strategies for creating effective visual stories with the aim of advancing Human Rights in their home countries.
Nástio Mosquito is a digital multimedia and performance artist living and working in Luanda, Angola, whose practice employs the open-ended potential of language, persona and sound. ARTsouthAFRICA spoke with Nástio about 'DAILY LOVEMAKING' and his variously transgressive, cool, cynical, profane and vulgar characterisations, his responses being predictably obscure and concurrently insightful. This interview was published in full in the March 2015 Innovation Issue (13.3) of ARTsouthAFRICA magazine.
Jepchumba has been listed by Forbes as one of the 20 Youngest Power Woman in Africa (2012) and by Guardian Africa in their Top 25 Woman Achievers. We know her as the digital curator, designer, artist and founder of African Digital Art (ADA) - an online platform that showcases the work of digital creatives from Africa. ARTsouthAFRICA spoke with Jepchumba about "dreaming in digital" and the possibilities that lie ahead for digital art on the continent. This interview was published in full in the March 2015 Innovation Issue (13.3) of ARTsouthAFRICA magazine.
The significant collection of Sindika Dokolo, a Congolese art collector and businessman who started the Foundation of the same name, has more than five thousand works of art, including paintings, prints, photographs, videos and installations by 90 artists from 25 countries. The contemporary art exhibition ‘You Love Me, You Love Me Not,’ curated from the Sindika Dokolo collection, is on display from 5 March – 10 May 2015 at the Municipal Gallery Almeida Garrett in Oporto (Portugal).
The annual Infecting the City public arts festival took place last week from Monday 9 March 2015 to Saturday 14 March 2015. From the deeply poignant, to the thought-provoking, humorous and curious, Infecting the City’s 2015 programme included work from both local and international performance artists. ARTsouthAFRICA has rounded up a number of images from this year's programme - have a look!
Artes Mundi, the UK’s leading international art prize, is calling for nominations for Artes Mundi 7. Following a critically acclaimed Artes Mundi 6, the Wales-based prize invites nominations from individuals working within the global arts community including curators, artists, writers, critics, gallerists and art historians.
Kenyan animator, director and artist, Ng'endo Mukii was a featured speaker at the 2015 Design Indaba Conference. Her talk focused on the use of "documentary animation" to convert the image of post colonial / ‘indigenous’ people in the current media. We spoke to her to find out more about her practice, and how platforms like Design Indaba are instrumental in supporting innovative work in Africa. This interview appeared in full in The Innovation Issue (13.3) of ARTsouthAFRICA.
Dieter Wickert-Ludemann and Keith Seaford are DK Conservators, a Cape Town-based paper conservation and restoration studio. DK Conservators have worked closely with ARTsouthAFRICA previously to restore an artwork by Sam Nhlengethwa, A Black Car (2001), a print that had been damaged by dust and water. With the support of the Department of Public Works, DK Conservators undertook a project for the Groote Schuur Estate in Cape Town, completed earlier this year, restoring a collection of books and works on paper.
In an open letter to Jochen Zeitz and Mark Coetzee of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, Matthew Blackman addresses a number of critical concerns. From the comments on the original article (which appears on ArtThrob), it would appear that this kind of direct address might be long overdue.
The ninth edition of the Global Art Forum takes on the theme of technologies and their impact on the world of art and culture. Titled 'Download Update?', the Forum is co-directed by Turi Munthe and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, with Shumon Basar as Director-at-Large and Uns Kattan as Project Coordinator (you can read our interview with Kattan for The Innovation Issue (13.3) here).
Andrew Lamprecht, curator, senior lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) and former guest editor of ARTsouthAFRICA 13.2, recently had the opportunity to speak with RoseLee Goldberg about her involvement at this year's Cape Town Art Fair. This interview was published in full in the March Innovation Issue (13.3) of ARTsouthAFRICA.
ARTsouthAFRICA's founder and editor-in-chief, Brendon Bell-Roberts, in conversation with El Anatsui. This interview was published in full in the March Innovation Issue (13.3).
Thuli Gamedze writes an illuminating article about the space of 'the art fair' in contemporary Cape Town, drawing comparisons between Cape Town Art Fair and THAT ART FAIR, both of which took place between 27 February and 1 March 2015. This article originally appeared on Art Meets Camera, published on 11 March 2015.
Infecting The City (ITC) is a vibrant and innovative public arts festival that takes place every year in the City of Cape Town. The Festival strives to bring exceptional, socially engaged performance and visual art out of theatres and galleries and into the communal spaces of Cape Town’s Central Business District – transforming the city centre into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone.