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The Official Launch of SKATTIE

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As you know, we've all been waiting in eager anticipation for the brand new SKATTIE website, in celebration of their fifth birthday. That time has finally come - SKATTIE is live at!
Founders of SKATTIE, Mali Tyilo & Sandiso Ngubane, have written you a letter to tell you 'WTF' it's all about...

Day 10: The Johannesburg Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale

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Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. This is the daily entry for Day Ten of the 56th Biennale, in which Roelof Petrus van Wyk discusses Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi and Arya Lalloo's Jetsam, how Africa is 'so hot right now,' as well as a photographic installation by Tobias Zielony in the German Pavilion and the increasingly popular work of Sammy Baloji.

The Ezulwini Annual Biennale in Swaziland: In Conversation with Aleta Armstrong & Mbongeni Dlamini

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The Ezulwini Annual Biennale is an annual contemporary art event in Swaziland, and is curated by Yebo! Gallery, Swaziland's first contemporary art gallery, showcasing and promoting local art, design & creative expression. This year’s Biennale opens on Friday 29 May at the 2015 MTN Bushfire festival in The Barn (an interactive art, dialogue and activation space) and runs till Sunday evening, showcasing work by 30 artists. In an interview with Aleta Armstrong of Yebo! and Mbongeni Dlamini, coordinator of The Barn, we find out more about Ezulwini and MTN Bushfire, and how these platforms facilitate creativity, expression and conversation, and aim to ignite a collective response for positive change in Swaziland.

All Barn activities fall within the theme for 2015, ‘Just before the future,’ which looks at the future of a modernising and globalising Swaziland from two main standpoints: environment and development, and the arts and development.

1:54 New York - Visual Roundup

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The 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair is the leading international art fair dedicated to showcasing the diversity of contemporary art and cultural production from Africa. Having established itself at the forefront of the rapidly emerging contemporary art market in Africa and the diaspora with two successful editions in London, the fair recently made its way to New York. Have a look at ARTsouthAFRICA's visual overview of the event!

Day 6: The Johannesburg Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale

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Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this, the daily entry for Day Six of the 56th Biennale, Roelof Petrus van Wyk discusses "the structure of things" - from Napolean Bonaparte laying the foundations (literally) for the Biennale as we know it to "the intertwined game of promotion and profit between the marketer and the potential investor."

Snapped in Conversation with Délio Jasse

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Délio Jasse was born in Luanda in 1980. When he was 18, he moved to Lisbon where he started to work in Serigraphy Studios. Here he had his first contact with different printing techniques, through which he soon discovered photography. He began experimenting with the technical possibilities of this mode of expression and was especially fascinated by alternative processes like the cyanotype, the platinum/palladium print and the Van Dyck Brown. Jasse’s work is currently on exhibit as a part of the official Angolan Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. This interview appeared in snapped 05: The Digital Issue.

African Galleries at 1:54 New York 2015

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Europe’s leading art fair dedicated to Contemporary African Art, 1:54 will make its New York debut on May 15-17, 2015. The fair will take place at Pioneer Works | Center for Art + Innovation in Red Hook, Brooklyn, an outstanding industrial building in the vibrant and creative neighbourhood of Brooklyn dedicated to the nurturing and showcasing of art, and will be designed by RA Projects, award-winning London-based architecture and design studio.

Third Time Lucky: The Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale

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Amid the calamities and teething problems that have plagued other African national presentations, Zimbabwe has emerged as a stalwart of African presence in Venice. This may seem surprising, given the international opprobrium and economic difficulties faced by the country, but entirely unsurprising to those with an understanding of the depth of artistic talent in the country. Valerie Kabov of First Floor Gallery Harare walks us through the Zimbabwean Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Day 4: The Johannesburg Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale

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Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this, the daily entry for Day Four of the 56th Biennale, Roelof Petrus van Wyk discusses drawing - from a chalkboard scrawl by Fabio Mauri and a collection of drawings by Abu Bakarr Mansarry, a former refugee from Sierra Leone, in Okwui Enwezor's 'All the World's Futures' exhibition, to Senzeni Marasela on her hands and knees on the cobblestones of the Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio, scrawling messages that none of the passersby can understand.

Matthew Partridge Appointed Fair Director for CTAF 2016

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ARTsouthAFRICA would like to congratulate Matthew Partridge on his appointment as Fair Director of the Cape Town Art Fair for 2016, as well as Laura Vincenti as the Architect and Special Projects Manager. Together they will join Fair Manager, Liza Dyason to work on the next edition of Cape Town Art Fair, which will take place from 19-21 February 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

First Thursdays: Our Highlights from Cape Town & Jozi!

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First Thursdays, the highly popular event that takes place in the Cape Town CBD on the first Thursday of every month, has now expanded to the City of Gold! Galleries and shops in the vibrant urban area of Braamfontein, Johannesburg, will be open later this Thursday 7 May 2015 for the first First Thursdays Joburg edition. Have a look at some of ARTsouthAFRICA's highlights for events in both cities.

The Innovation Issue (13.3): In Conversation With Jean Katambayi Mukendi

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Jean Katambayi Mukendi (living and working in Lubumbashi, DRC) creates fragile and complex installations out of the recycled materials that immediately surround him, intrinsically speaking of his social environment. Both artist and scientist (Mukendi studied mathematics), his works are simultaneously informed by a pregnant materiality and precise algorithms and geometry revealing larger circuits of global and local economic and political structures.

ARTsouthAFRICA spoke to him about his practice and his participation in the 'Rare Earth' exhibition at Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary in Vienna. This interview appeared in full in the Innovation Issue (13.3).

ARTsouthAFRICA Announces Partnership with Johannesburg Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale

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ARTsouthAFRICA is pleased to announce our partnership with the Johannesburg Pavilion (JP) at this year’s 56th Venice Biennale (9 - 15 May 2015), for which we will be an exclusive digital publisher for current, on-the-ground news and information. Follow our Facebook page for daily updates and stay in the know with JP’s takeover of our Twitter and Instagram accounts! We’ll also be publishing a weekly round up of their daily diary entries in the ARTsouthAFRICA newsletter. For now, find out a bit more about JP and have a look at what to expect from this exciting fringe programme at the Venice Biennale…

The Innovation Issue (13.3): In Conversation With Tazneem Wentzel of Burning Museum

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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.

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