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'Karoo Disclosure': Issues of Fracking Disclosed at Iziko

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“We have become our own extra-terrestrials.” The apt assertion that we have ‘othered the self is taken from UCT Anthropology lecturer Professor Lesley Green’s conclusive talk at the opening of ‘Karoo Disclosure’ this past weekend. Held at the Iziko South African Museum in Cape Town, the exhibition is a collaborative effort initiated by Deborah Weber to fuel discussion around the potential effects of fracking and our relationship to the world in which we are accommodated.
 

89plus is Calling for Submissions!

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89plus is calling for submissions from African artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists born in or after 1989, to be included in future 89plus projects. For in-depth interviews with the founders of 89plus, keep an eye out for the upcoming inaugural edition of ART AFRICA, where Houghton Kinsman speaks to Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castets and Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Brendon Bell-Roberts speaks to Hans Ulrich Obrist at the launch of the Brutally Early Club in Johannesburg!
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: Committed to the Medium by Valerie Kabov

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In 'Committed to the Medium,' Valerie Kabov considers the rise of new painting from Zimbabwe. This article is available in full in the most recent 'Painting's Not Dead!' (13.4) issue of ARTsouthAFRICA, which is the final edition of the magazine you have known and loved for over thirteen years. Look out for Kabov's article, titled 'Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Global Art Market' in the upcoming, inaugural edition of ART AFRICA!
 

Entries to the PPC Imaginarium Awards Close 31 August 2015

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‘Concrete’ and ‘innovation’ are two words which are seldom used in the same sentence. However, the latest trends in concrete bear witness not just to the unlimited application of design thinking, but also to the flexibility of concrete itself – especially when combined with other materials. By entering the PPC Imaginarium Awards (closing 31 August 2015), you not only stand a chance to win one of the biggest cash prizes for an art/design competition, but the chance to launch your career and challenge the perception of concrete as a one-dimensional medium.
 

ART AFRICA In Conversation with Bongani Khanyile

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ART AFRICA spoke with recent merit award winner at the 2014 Sasol New Signatures Arts competition, Bongani Khanyile. Khanyile, 24, from Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal impressed the judges with his submission Helmets, which challenges the general conventional gaze on manual labourers who in South Africa are always perceived as subjects of labour.
 

'Slow Violence': An Exhibition Review by Natasha Norman and Annemi Conradie

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'Slow Violence,' an exhibition held at the GUS Stellenbosch University Art Gallery from 30 March – 23 May 2015, formed part of a three-day interdisciplinary workshop entitled 'Disturbing the ‘normalised quiet of unseen power’: Alternative ways of representing violence.'
 
The workshop was based on Prof. Rob Nixon's (USA) premise – outlined in his book Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (2011) – that we need to urgently rethink what he calls “slow violence”; a violence that occurs gradually and out of sight, a violence of delayed destruction that is dispersed across time and space, an attritional violence that is typically not viewed as violence at all. The exhibition, reviewed here by Natasha Norman and Annemi Conradie, takes as formal motif the image of the animal to explore Nixon’s notion of ‘slow violence.'
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Conversation with Alice Toich

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Naz Cuguoglu, writer and coordinator of maumau art residency in Istanbul, spoke to emerging Cape Town-based painter Alice Toich about the difference between copywriting and fine art, stalking strangers on Facebook and her recent residency at maumau.
 
This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the June Digital Issue (FREE app download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

First Thursdays August Highlights

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First Thursdays, the highly popular event that takes place in the CBDs of Cape Town and Johannesburg on the first Thursday of every month, is taking place tonight (6 August 2015)! Galleries and shops in the vibrant urban areas of two of South Africa's biggest cities will be open until late for the first First Thursdays programme. Have a look at some of ARTsouthAFRICA's highlights.
 

Pro Helvetia Curatorial Residency Application Deadline this Saturday

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Calling all curators, art mediators and art critics from SADC, the deadline for the Pro Helvetia Curatorial Residency call is this Saturday (1 August 2015)! The Curatorial residency in Basel, Switzerland (2016), is part of a new exchange programme for curators, art mediators and art critics from Southern Africa interested in the Swiss art scene, conducting research in that context and establishing a show which includes regional and Swiss artists, in collaboration with the team of “Ausstellungsraum Klingental”.
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: Naz Cuguoglu In Conversation with Pau Cata

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Naz Cuguoglu, writer and coordinator of maumau art residency in Istanbul, in conversation with Pau Cata. Cata has been working in the cultural field as a facilitator and curator for more than 10 years and, since 2012, together with the Egyptian organisation El Madina for Performing and Digital Arts, he has been developing The North Africa Cultural Mobility Map.
 
This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the July Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

'All of Us Have a Sense of Rhythm': An Exhibition Review by Yvette Greslé

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Christine Eyene is the eighth guest curator in DRAF's Curators' Series. The exhibition – 'All Of Us Have a Sense Of Rhythm'– explores iterations of sound and music, dance and movement. Works selected encompass found sound, music, poetry, performance, the moving image and sculpture. Eyene draws attention to modernisms as experienced through black subjectivities fashioned out of the political, cultural and intellectual resistance to racial violence in many forms – overt and less so.
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Conversation with Nambowa Malua

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In conversation with Nambowa Malua, a Namibian digital artist who uses his drawing tablet and computer screen to create vibrant, figurative digital ‘paintings.’
 
This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the July Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

'The "So Called" Emerging Black Artist:' Exhibition Review by Khehla Chepape Makgato

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‘The “So Called” Emerging Black Artist’ is a group exhibition featuring three prominent South African artists; Professor Pitika Ntuli, Mbongeni Buthelezi and Vusi Mfupi at the Constitution Hill, Hillbrow Johannesburg. Curated by Gaisang Sathekge, this well-timed exhibition questions the ‘perpetual emergence’ of black artists in art history by pulling together artists who work within the recycling process to reinterpret discarded objects in order to give them a new life and meaning. Khehla Chepape Makgato visited the exhibition and spoke with the curator and artists involved.
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