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FNB JoburgArtFair 2014: most successful fair to date

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A masterful display of contemporary art from around Africa and the diaspora attracts record visitors to the 7th Edition of the FNB JoburgArtFair. Strong sales were reported from galleries, with extremely positive feedback from museum representatives and private collectors from all over the world.

Reflections on OPENLab 2014, Part II.

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Welcome to the second part of the post- OPENLab panel.Last week Art South Africa posted the first in this two-part series and in the final piece the artists reflect on their performances and workshops. OPENLab 2014 took place over the course of 10 days from 18 July – 27 July 2014 in Bloemfontein as part of the Vryfees Festival; and then at Modern Art Projects (MAP) in Richmond where the bulk of the residency took its effect.

but the sea kept turning blank pages looking for history. ON THE STATE OF REFUGEENESS. at SAVVY Contemporary

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A project by "To Whom It May Concern"* & Anna Jäger. 
You are cordially invited to join SAVVY Contemporary this Friday, 22nd Aug. and Saturday, 23rd Aug. (10am - 7pm) at SAVVY Contemporary to deliberate on the "State of Refugeness" in our present times. Together with 'refugees', activists, philosophers, psychologists, artists, architects, lawyers and even the police we will try to scrutinze issues of humanitarianism, politics of space, crafting, law/lawlessness, D-/Remonstration and love! We are in the age of refugeeness and we need to understand what that concept, space and time could be...

Reflections on OPENLab 2014, Part I.

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Welcome to the post- OPENLab panel. OPENLab 2014 took place over the course of 10 days from 18 July – 27 July 2014 in Bloemfontein as part of the Vryfees Festival; and then at Modern Art Projects (MAP) in Richmond where the bulk of the residency took its effect.
OPENLab 2014 was an experimental platform that engaged in critical dialogue about art making in the public realm among creatives in interdisciplinary fields.
In this two-part dialogue, 13 of the 15 artists reflect on their experiences.

Cape Town Art Fair 2015 Applications Now Open

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Fiera Milano is proud to announce the dates for the third edition of the Cape Town Art Fair which will run from Wednesday, 25 February to Sunday 1 March, 2015. As the latest addition to South Africa’s fast growing and vibrant art economy, the Cape Town Art Fair 2015 promises to showcase contemporary art from both the country and continents most prestigious galleries. The call for entry in now open, until the 25th of August 2015. 

Ama Culture: Enrich Your Mind and Your Palate at Uitkyk Wine Estate

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Enriching your mind and your palate is an experience made increasingly possible by forward thinking wine farm owners conscious to preserve South African Heritage whilst creating new products; A trend promoted and encouraged by international organizations like Great Wine Capitals, and the like. 
Christine Lundy had the opportunity to visit one of Stellenbosch’s great historical wine farms; Uitkyk, which means ‘Look out’ in Afrikaans. The name reflects the spectacular location and views of the Cape Peninsula, False Bay and Table Bay.

Notes on 'Finding Fela' and Political Film

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Craig Hubert (@craighubert) writes about Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the musician and human rights activist, only tangentially. It uses a new documentary about his life — "Finding Fela," directed by Alex Gibney and currently playing at the IFC Center in New York — to ask questions about how to address political subjects on stage and screen. It's composed of fragments that can be read in any order. Like Fela's life and music, there are multiple narrative strands floating through this text without a clear beginning or ending.

JHB Street Artist r1 Uses Recycled Bottles to Create Public Art

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Johannesburg street artist r1 has made a public art piece from recycled bottles collected from the 'Zama-Zama' (informal waste collectors. The piece was installed in a public park in Troyville, downtown Johannesburg. This pilot art project will be followed up with a large community art project also in the same neighborhood, where r1 has teamed up with a group of artists to raise the 'iThemba Tower'.

OPEN DESIGN Cape Town opens on the 13th of August

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The second edition of OPEN DESIGN Cape Town will take place from 13 – 23 August 2014. 
OPEN DESIGN Cape Town brings together all the design disciplines to remove the exclusive stigma associated with design. The full and varied programme encourages design practitioners, managers, media, educators, students and members of the public to share design concepts with each other – and particularly with young people – to develop and inspire a future generation of designers.

'Loss' at the UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria

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Nathani Lüneburg's body of creative research, comprised of the exhibition entitled Loss, deals with a potent aspect of visual research, namely the manner in which it facilitates the rendering of traumatic memories. Knowledge about traumatic memories originate from her DPhil research, that includes text and practice.

‪#‎WDC551‬ Kenya Creative Week Starts Today (4th August 2014) in Nairobi

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One of the World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 projects that will be living in proxy is Kenya Creative Week, which starts today until August 10th 2014 in Nairobi Kenya. Its aims are to communicate, support and facilitates the development of the creative and knowledge economy in Kenya through key partnerships with the vision of making Kenya one of the leading states for knowledge, innovation, creativity and culture in Africa.

Four Corners: Ashraf Jamal in Conversation with Ian Gabriel

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Director Ian Gabriel’s film, Four Corners, was selected as one of the Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa by the director of King James.
The film, which is set in the Cape Flats, home to the notorious Number Gang factions of the Western Cape, was South Africa's Official Selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards and an International Press Academy 2014 Satellite Award Nominee for Best International Film. 

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