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Public Talks: Cape Town - Any Given Sunday as part of Draft


Welcome to the next edition of Public Talks at Valand Academy.

Sethembile Msezane (Cape Town), Riason Naidoo (Cape Town) and Richard Pithouse (Johannesburg)

Public Talks is a series of seminars which will take place during 2017 and organized jointly by Valand Academy, Region Västra Götaland, Public Art Agency Sweden and a number of other art institutions in Sweden.

Image: The Charter by Sethembile Msezane, performance during Any Given Sunday, Cape Town 2015. Courtesy of the artist.


Public Talks: Cape Town - Any Given Sunday as part of Draft

Sethembile Msezane (Cape Town), Riason Naidoo (Cape Town) and Richard Pithouse (Johannesburg)

27 April, 17.00
Glass House, Valand Academy (entrance via Chalmersgatan 4)

Any Given Sunday
Any Given Sunday was inspired by the 2015 student led university protests across South Africa and their sense of urgency of the now. The artists- via their socially engaged artistic practice- contributed to a dynamic and interactive communal undertaking, which constantly shifted and altered predetermined schemas of art, its institutions, and its expected publics. The project reflected on the social, economic and political tensions of Cape Town, set against its histories and a series of relevant sites. This covert approach underscored the central intention of the project: as a gentle and submerged way of foregrounding contested notions of visibility and acceptance in the city's racially segregated spaces. The work of participating visual artists - Buhlebezwe Siwani, Zanele Muholi, Gabrielle Goliath, Gerald Machona, Sethembile Msezane, Burning Museum, Hasan and Husain Essop, poet Koleka Putuma and veteran musician Madosini - all centered, in various ways, on questions of prejudice: structural, institutional and personal. The chance artistic occurrences highlighted diverse public and private concerns: violent death, corrective rape in the townships, religious minorities, marginalized histories, xenophobia against black Africans, the still dominant white patriarchy of public monuments, the ambiguous role of traditional healers, and the dying art of indigenous music forms, among other.

Any Given Sunday was an interdicispilinary research project developed a spart of Draft.

Initiated in 2015 Draft is a longue durée project, which in its inaugural episode involved nine interdisciplinary collaboratives from nine cities: Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, St. Petersburg and Zurich. Each collaborative was inivited to explore how contemporary art can produce, contribute to or provoke public debate.

How do such artistic projects change their context, our worldview or concrete action? How do they maintain dissent and promote complexity? What do they appeal for?

The year-long undertaking was bookended by two conferences. At the Mumbai conference in June 2015, positions and working methodologies of the collaboratives and their members were presented. Thereafter, a range of engagements, including research and workshops, were actualised in each of the cities. Expanding on the conference's discussions these set the pace for the site-sensitive artworks that were realised in 2016. The projects - some of which are ongoing - intervened in contexts of action, production and discourse, by exploring the imaginary, rendering the latent visible or critiquing concrete circumstances.

The 2016 conference in Zurich was focused on the artworks developed and carried out by the collaboratives in their local contexts. It provided insights into the art activities, and discussed them in terms of their sources and research materials, approaches adopted and their consequences for life-worlds.


Sethembile Msezane is currently a Masters in Fine Art scholar at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Msezane maps out how the process of commemorative practice informs constructions of history, mythmaking, and ultimately addresses the absence of the black female body in the monumentalisation of public spaces. A member of iQhiya (collective), she performed at documenta14 in Athens (2017). She is the TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award winner (TASA) (2016). Msezane is the first recipient of the Rising Light award at the Mbokodo Awards (2016). She is a Barclays L'Atelier Top 10 Finalist (2016).

Riason Naidoo is a curator based in Cape Town. Some o the group projects he curated are Any Given Sunday (2016), 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective (2010) and The Indian in DRUM magazine in the 1950s (2006). He curated retrospective exhibitions on artist Peter Clarke (b.1929-d.2014) shown in Senegal, England and France (2012-13) and veteran photographer Ranjith Kally (b.1925) shown in South Africa, Mali, Austria, Spain and Reunion Island (2004-2007). In 2012, he was appointed co-curator of the 10th edition of Dak'art - the biennale of contemporary African art in Senegal. He was awarded the Order of Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (2016).

Richard Pithouse is a professor and the senior researcher at the Unit for the Humanities (UHURU), at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, and a Visiting Researcher at the Wits Institute for Social & Economic Research (WiSER), at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He has also held a George A. Miller Visiting Professorship at the University of Illinois in the United States. He has been a regular contributor to the media over the last twenty years. While his journalism has mostly been concerned with politics he has also written about music and poetry. A collection of his recent journalism, Writing the Decline, was published in 2016. Pithouse has sustained a lifelong commitment to participation in popular struggles and has often been asked to share ideas with popular struggles and movements in South Africa and elsewhere. He has taught at trade union schools in South Africa, and at the MST political school in Brazil.


Public Talks is a series of seminars which will take place during 2017 and organized jointly by Valand Academy, Region Västra Götaland, Public Art Agency Sweden and a number of other art institutions in Sweden.



Conjointly with PARSE Dialogues on EDUCATIONAL EXCLUSION
Pedro Oliveira (Universität der Künste Berlin and Decolonising Design Group)
Richard Pithouse (Rhodes University)
Zhara Bayati (University of Gothenburg)
Date: Wednesday, April 26, at 16.00 - 19.00
Place: The library, HDK - Academy of Design and Crafts, Kristinelundsgatan 6 - 8, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Read more http://parsejournal.com/dialogue/upcoming-dialogues-2/

Date: 4/27/2017

Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Categories: Art, Research

Location: Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
Glashuset, entrance via Chalmersgatan 4

Contact person: Giorgiana Zachia


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