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!Kauru Contemporary African Art Project

!Kauru Contemporary African Art Project presents Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity, a contemporary art exhibition at UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria from 25 May 25 June 2016 curated by Paula Nascimento (Angola) and Raphael Chikukwa (Zimbabwe) in conversation with Bongani Mkhonza (South Africa), with public programming in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Currently in its 5th year, the project continues to promote cultural diversity and stimulate discourse in Africa and internationally about issues affecting the continent using contemporary visual arts as a medium of engagement.

Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity features works by some of the most prominent video and photography artists from Africa and the African diaspora including Robin Rhode, Ayana V. Jackson, Lerato Shadi, Kudzanai Chiurai, Thando Mama, Louis Kakudji, Irineu Destourelles, Yonamine Miguel, Délio Jasse, Nástio Mosquito, Mario Macilau, Helen Zeru and more. The exhibition hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 – 16:00.

The exhibition is free and open to the public. The opening reception will take place on Wednesday, 25 May from 18h00 to 20h00.

Being and Becoming: Complexities of the African Identity is an exhibition of video and photography which examine the material and conceptual complexities of the African identity with themes interrogating race, gender, class, access, intersectionality, transformation and transcendence. The themes addressed in the exhibition are topical in the public imagination not only in the political realm but also within the creative sectors around the continent engaging the historical and political context of who we are and where we see ourselves going as Africans.

Public Programs

Walkabout with the Exhibition Curators

UNISA Art Gallery – Pretoria

Thursday, 26 May

11h00 – 13h00

A walkabout with the curatorial team Paula Nascimento, Raphael Chikukwa and UNISA Art Gallery in house curator Bongani Mkhonza. The curators will discuss their curatorial process and the themes encompassed in the exhibition. A Q&A with the audience will follow the discussion

!KAURU – PAN!C Panel Discussion & Raw Material Exhibition Opening

VANSA – New Doornfontein, Johannesburg

Friday, May 27

18h30 – 21h00

In support of the Raw Material exhibition opening at VANSA, !KAURU and PAN!C have collaborated to curate a panel discussion with Paula Nascimento, Raphael Chikukwa, Bongani Mkhonza and moderated by Thembinkosi Goniwe.

Panel Theme: Being and Becoming. As our identities continue to change, the question remains, “Where are we going? Are we evolving for the better? Should art make us “better” people or provide us with better ways to understand who we are as people of the world? Coming from a past where the vocalization and theorization of African art history is articulated and defined by the west, how do we find new articulations of self? Do we infact need to find new articulations or definitions of self?

Afrika Day MiniFestival

Eyethu Lifestyle Centre – Mofolo, Soweto

Saturday, May 28

10h00 – 18h00

Panel Discussion: Decolonizing the Arts facilitated by Kwezi Gule, with Paula Nascimento, Pat Mautloa, Epheas Maposa and Nkosinathi Quwe. Exhibition opening of Border Jumping, a creative collaboration between artists Epheas Maposa (Zimbabwe) and Nkosinathi Quwe (South Africa), borne out of a crossborder residency programme between Eyethu Gallery (Soweto) and Village Unhu (Harare). A day long festival featuring art, talks, music and African cuisine that celebrates African culture and aesthetic.


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