On June 24 2015, a panel discussion took place at the Association of the Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town’s oldest non-profit public benefit organisation and art gallery. The objective was to discuss ‘Public Architecture, Heritage and the City,’ the exhibition which served as the backdrop for the debate chaired by Marilyn Martin. The panel, comprised of prominent figures of the artistic and intellectual landscape, included Andrew Lamprecht, Hayden Proud, Jo Noero and Matthew Blackman. Javiera Cadiz Bedini covered the discussion for ARTsouthAFRICA.
The Abraaj Group, a leading investor operating in global growth markets, has announced the launch of the Open Call for artists and curators to apply for the eighth edition of The Abraaj Group Art Prize. In addition, the Group announced the appointment of curator Dana Farouki as the new Chair of the award.
In an instance of synchronicity, the current Honours in Curatorship students have just returned from a whirlwind trip to Venice as Okwui Enwezor, the curator of the 56th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, was awarded the degree of Doctorate of Literature, honoris causa, by the University of Cape Town. The honorary degree was conferred during the shared Humanities and Science mid-year graduation ceremony, on the 12 June 2015.
ARTsouthAFRICA in Conversation with Esther Mahlangu, the prolific South African Ndebele painter about being rooted in tradition, the Esther Mahlangu Ndebele Art School, her recent large-scale mural commissions for the Virginia Museum of Fine Art (VMFA) at the end of last year and a solo exhibition celebrating her 80th birthday.
This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you soon! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the July Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Android).
ARTsouthAFRICA in Conversation with Mehdi Ben Cheikh, founder and director of Galerie Itinerrance in Paris and Tour Paris 13 project (La Tour 13), as well as the organiser of Djerbahood, a beautiful open-air graffiti museum in Djerba, Tunisia.
This interview appears in full in the 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA - on shelves at a store near you soon! You will also be able to read this exclusive content in the August Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Andriod).
Art Dubai invites galleries to apply for its tenth edition (March 16–19, 2016)! Art Dubai is known as a particularly innovative fair, and one that takes a truly global approach to today's art world. The leading international fair in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, Art Dubai places an emphasis on maintaining an intimate, human scale while foregrounding quality and diversity. Selected galleries range from world-renowned dealers to upcoming artspaces.
The sixth edition of the Marrakech Biennale (MB6) has appointed Reem Fadda to be the curator of the biennale. MB6 will run from February 24 through May 8, 2016, in various selected sites and venues across the historic city of Marrakech. The title for the future MB6 will be ‘Not New Now.’
Art Basel's 46th Basel edition – taking place from June 18 to 21, 2015 – will feature 284 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa, presenting the work of more than 4,000 artists, ranging from the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging artists. With the world's premier international art show kicking off today, ARTsouthAFRICA shares some of our must-sees in the Swiss city this year!
Founded in 1994, the Bamako Encounters is collaboratively produced and organised by Mali’s Ministry of Culture and Institut Français, and curated by Bisi Silva with associate curators Yves Chatap and Antawan Byrd. The biennale is the first and principal international platform dedicated to African photography and lens-based art and media on the continent.
To coincide with Africa Month in May 2015, !KAURU Contemporary Art from Africa and The Black Collectors Forum, with support from The Department Of Arts & Culture, is presenting a month long series of art exhibitions, events, discussions and outreach programs in Johannesburg and Pretoria throughout May and June.
In light of the 'Painting's Not Dead!' issue (13.4) of ARTsouthAFRICA, hitting shelves at a store near you soon, Valerie Kabov takes a look at the prominence of painting at the 56th Venice Biennale and how it continues to re-define the borders of a 'traditional medium.'
Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this, the daily entry for Day Eleven of the 56th Biennale, Roelof Petrus van Wyk talks about Senzeni Marasela's performance as Theodora Hlungwane, as well as the graphic drawings of Karo Akpokiere.
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.
Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. This is the daily entry for Day Nine of the 56th Biennale, in which Roelof Petrus van Wyk gives us some visual insight into the city of Venice via a photo essay.
Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this, the daily entry for Day Eight of the 56th Biennale, Roelof Petrus van Wyk discusses Bettina Malcomess' dynamic performance piece, encompassing film, voice and gesture; John Akomfrah's film installation, Vertigo Sea; and Fiona Hall's Wrong Way Time.
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.
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!
Join us in following the daily activities of the Johannesburg Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In this, the daily entry for Day Seven of the 56th Biennale, Roelof Petrus van Wyk provides an overview of the work of Issac Julien.
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."