During the course of South Africa’s national lockdown, we used the opportunity to reach out to artists and arts practitioners in order to speak about the state of the arts, creating or facilitating new work during a pandemic, and everyday life under lockdown. Here are a few of our favourite life under lockdown interviews.
Musicians were some of the hardest-hit by the national lockdown. We spoke with award-winning jazz musician Nduduzo Makhathini about online performances, virtual audiences, and what he missed most about the outside world.
With the annual National Arts Festival having to rapidly adapt to an entirely virtual format for its 2020 festival, we spoke with Artistic Director Rucera Seethal and CEO Monica Newton to find out what it takes to pull off a virtual festival, and how theatre, art, music and more translate to online platforms.
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi’s solo show Gymnasium was a much-anticipated one. On the eve of its opening, however, South Africa entered its national lockdown, undeniably shifting the way we engage with art. We later caught up with Nkosi for an interview on her life under lockdown.
Bassist, composer, and music producer Shane Cooper navigates the realms of jazz, electronic music, live performance, theatre and more through his craft. We spoke with Cooper about how he managed to reconcile his various outputs during lockdown, and what he missed most about the outside world.
Candice Allison and Georgina Maxim
We spoke to Director of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Candice Allison, and resident artist Georgina Maxim about the impact of Covid-19 and their Virtual Open Studios, and keeping the arts alive during a pandemic.
With the National Arts Festival (NAF) moving from its home in Makhanda to the virtual space in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Creative Feel spoke to Alan Webster, Festival Director of the Standard Bank Jazz Festival – an important part of the annual NAF – about the plans for this year’s festival and what life under lockdown looks like for him.
Dr Same Mdluli
The Standard Bank Gallery was one of the earliest adopters of virtual gallery formats. We caught up with Standard Bank Gallery Manager Dr Same Mdluli to find out what life under lockdown means to her – and how Standard Bank continued to support the arts during lockdown.
As an artist, curator and Senior Lecturer in Visual Art, the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown affected Gordon Froud on a number of levels. We caught up with him to find out how he experienced life under lockdown.
Dr Mirriam Tawane
Dr Mirriam Tawane, Curator of the Plio-Pleistocene collection at the DITSONG: National Museum of Natural History, is part of the team that built the Bolt’s Farm exhibition. We spoke with Dr Tawane to find out a bit more about the role of a museum curator and what the day-to-day duties of this position are.
The visual artist Lehlogonolo Mashaba was another contributor to the Lockdown Collection initiative. We spoke with Mashaba about artmaking, life under lockdown, and the solitude of the studio.