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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”.
 

Signed & Sealed: Kendell Geers Invites You to Participate in Owning Your Own Geers Artwork

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Marcel Duchamp, the artist famous for elevating an ordinary urinal into one of the most well-known artworks in history, was born on 28 July 1887 and, over a century after he plunged a bicycle wheel into a four-legged stool, artists are still paying homage to his life and work. In celebration of Duchamp's 128th birthday, renowned South African artist, Kendell Geers is giving away a free work of art!
 

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.

‘53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC’ at Sulger-Buel Lovell by Liese Van der Watt

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"In the 1970s a self-taught Congolese artist named Tshibumba Kanda Matulu, from Lubumbashi in the south of what was then Zaire, began to paint a history of his country;" Liese Van Der Watt provides her perspective on the exhibition '53 Echoes of Zaire: Popular Painting from Lubumbashi, DRC,' which is showing at the Sulger-Buel Lovell gallery in London from 27 May - 12 September 2015.
 
The exhibition is curated by Salimata Diop, Head of Programme at the Africa Centre, and unveils a collection of fifty three works acquired by the late Prof. Victor Bol, all originating from the early 1970s’Lubumbashi, created by five artists from DRC – T. Kalema, C. Mutombo, B. Ilunga, Ndaie, and Tshibumba Kanda Matulu.
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Conversation with Ransome Stanley

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Following his recent solo exhibition, ‘Close Distance’ at Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg (23 April - 25 May 2015), we interviewed Ransome Stanley, a Munich-based painter who draws from his African roots as the London-born son of 
a German mother and Nigerian father.
 
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 August Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Conversation with Caline Chagoury Moudaber

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With ARTsouthAFRICA's focus on creating and highlighting positive change in the art world, we spoke to Caline Chagoury Moudaber, founder and director of Art Twenty One and Echo Art in Lagos, Nigeria about her vision to develop new platforms for emerging and established artists.
 
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 August Digital Issue (FREE download here for Apple and here for Android).
 

Facing Europe: South African Contributions to the 2015 Deutsche Börse Photography Prize by Kara Blackmore

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South African photographer Mikhael Subotzky and British artist Patrick Waterhouse have won the 2015 Deustche Börse Photography Prize for their publication Ponte City, a study of the dramatic rise and fall of the iconic apartment block in Johannesburg. Others shortlisted for the prize included Nikolai Bakharev, Zanele Muholi and Viviane Sassen. Kara Blackmore explores the South African presence at this year's Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, an accolade created for “the most significant contribution (exhibition or publication) to the medium of photography in Europe.”
 

The Inaugural Addis Video Art Festival: Call for Submissions

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The Addis Video Art Festival is now accepting applications for their 2015 programme! Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is currently in the midst of a massive transformation, expanding drastically with over a quarter of its current residents relocating to new neighborhoods. Old communities are disappearing almost as quickly as  new ones are forming. Paralleling the current state of the city, the Addis Video Art Festival seeks works that explores and interprets the complex idea of a “new home” whether it be an external, literal or physical home, an internal psychological home or a cyber-home.
 

Public Art and the Power of Place: Submission Deadline 10 July 2015

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Public Art and the Power of Place is a public-facing art project, initiated by the African Centre for Cities, that aims to explore the significance of place in Cape Town’s townships. It seeks to support six public art engagements to be manifested in Cape Town’s townships in 2015 that explore the significance of place outside of the City Bowl. In the context of this project the form of public art can include permanent or temporary art forms that explore other ways of knowing the city. The type of public art is less important than an emphasis on engaging with people and places.
 

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Conversation with Steven Cohen

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ARTsouthAFRICA spoke with Steven Cohen, pioneering South African performance artist, before he travelled to Canda to participate in the Spotlight South Africa Festival. Cohen, whose work provocatively confronts issues of identity, enacted one of his best known performances, Chandelier (2001), in which, dressed in dizzying heels and an illuminated chandelier tutu, he interacted with residents of a squatter camp in Newtown, Johannesburg.
 
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 download here for Apple and here for Android).

'Public Architecture, Heritage & the City' Panel Discussion at AVA, Cape Town

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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.

'Protest' & Willem Boshoff's 'Racist in South Africa' at Hazard Gallery by Khehla Chepape Makgato

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‘Protest,’ curated by Beathur Mgoza Baker, is a group exhibition at Hazard Gallery in Arts on Main, Johannesburg, featuring the work of Vusi Beauchamp, Kudzanai Chiurai, Willem Boshoff, Abdoul-Ganiou Dermani, Gerald Machona, Angus MacKinnon, Pola Maneli, Samson Mnisi, Lavar Munroe, Artu Peatoo, Kenan Petersen, Jumoke Sanwo, Johan Thom, MJ Turpin, Fiatsi Va-Bene, Usha Seejarim and Laura Windvogel (Lady Skollie). Khehla Chepape Makgato reviews the show and Willem Boshoff's talk about his controversial work, Racist in South Africa.

Okwui Enwezor Awarded Honourary Degree by UCT

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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.

The 'Painting's Not Dead!' Issue: In Converation with Esther Mahlangu

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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).

 

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