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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.

Sasol New Signatures 2015: Entries Open

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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 Innovation Issue (13.3): Andrew Lamprecht In Conversation With Kendell Geers

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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.

South African photographer Sipho Mpongo Awarded Magnum Fellowship

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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.

The Innovation Issue (13.3): In Conversation With Nástio Mosquito

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Ná‡stio 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.

The Innovation Issue (13.3): In Conversation With Jepchumba of African Digital Art

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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.

'You Love Me You Love Me Not': The Sindika Dokolo Foundation exhibition in Portugal

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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). 

Infecting the City 2015 in Images

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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 7: Open for Nominations

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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.

The Innovation Issue (13.3): In Conversation With Ng'endo Mukii

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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.

DK Conservators: Restoring Works on Paper to their Former Glory

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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.

Global Art Forum 9: 'Download Update?'

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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).


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