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(Detail) Zander Blom, Untitled, Bathroom, 2.01 a.m., Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 805 x 559 mm, Ultrachrome ink on 100% Cotton Rag. (Courtesy of Whatiftheworld / Gallery)
Page 2 South African Art Times. May 2008

The South African
The Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) 2008 - The Art of Determination
Art Times By Sylvie Groschatau-Philips Gnahore, one of a new generation and security participated actively gallery such as stones and gravels Design Market showcased its iden-
May 2008 April 7th, 2008 of African artists who are rewriting to the performance. The festival for Semina Mpofud sculpture tities in a Circular display of tents
www.arttimes.co.za the rules about embracing musical offers employment and accredita- “Determination” to clay and bricks around the Gardens together with
“I am writing at this time of uncer- tradition with a multi-faceted ap- tion, training, references and most in Gareth Nyandoro’s “Misoropam the outdoor stages, the Green, and
Published monthly by tainty in our beautiful country and proach to music, song, dance, per- importantly, a sense of inclusion Wechete” an installation built on delies spread throughout the event
Global Art Information city, but the drive to determine our cussion and the theatre, “defiantly and involvement in the event. site. The large overlooking mezza to tempt tastes, ears and buds.
future and identity is, if anything, diverse, musically and linguisti-
PO Box 15881 Vlaeberg, strengthened by our circum- cally”, Herbert Kinobe who, in his Heard from the audience and nine presented works by renown The festival opened with a cer-
8018, Cape Town
Tel. 021 424 7733 stances”. Manuel Bagorro, HIFA early twenties, is an acclaimed around: “It is the determination of Brazilian photograph Salvador emony led by Mbira Dzenharira,
Fax. 021 424 7732 Founder & Artistic director Ugandan master of the Kora, les audiences that come to HIFA in Negroamor, Art on Purpose and an evening of chidzimba, mhem-
Amazones de Guinée, Canaman, such numbers who show why the the Voyage Ensemble “Mapping berwa and makwiringwindo and
Editor
Gabriel Clark-Brown
The Harare International Festival 3MA, Nathalie Natiembe, the world holds Zimbabwe and her cultural echoes” a body map and Dreamland by Brett Bailey where
editor@arttimes.co.za of the Arts opened up in Zimbabwe Brazilian singer André Abujamra, people in such high regard and for suitcase ensemble together with a king from a far far away land is
on the 29th of April 2008 with Freshly Ground, Brett Bailey and whom all the trials and torments Daniel Glaser and Magdalena determined to play his own music
Advertising “the presidential poll result on the Voyage Ensemble from South are worth the effort”. Kunz as guest artists. From Blank only. Dreamland was mounted in
Leone Rouse
leo@arttimes.co.za way” (Sunday Mail, Harare). The Africa all carried voices, created to Zimbabwe, their “Talking Heads” Zimbabwe making use of art and
Gardens and the National gallery a world of determination at a high “the Festival offers some form of have created echoes, response drama therapists who engaged
News: press@arttimes.co.za were invested to the full and varied level of thinking. consolation for the discouraged, and awe. The new media instal- with individuals locally on the state
Shows: show@arttimes.co.za
Artwork: art@arttimes.co.za
to create an arborescence of inspiration for the frustrated and lation remained a hot spot for the of dream and nightmares.
determination, to show, to com- “We are near the end, what are healing for a community that duration of the show.
Layout and Design municate, interact and inform. we looking for? We are special- comes together in literal and meta- The artists and organizers share
Creative Juices ists in self-destruction, emptiness, phorical harmony, determined to Workshops and Art Therapy, a strong belief in the power of cul-
Deadlines for news, articles and clas- The 9th edition of HIFA encom- indifference and yet everything is foster a sense of unity, belonging guided visits, Fashion shows, ture to promote social transforma-
sifieds 20th of each month passed five main disciplines: based on hope” (Augusto Cuvillas, and optimism against all odds” Opera, Mbira Koto Vibrations to tion and ensured that the Festival
The Art Times is published in the first
week of each month. News and ad- music, theatre, fine arts, dance Mozambique). Ikebana enlivened and made use is reaching out to the broadest
vertising material need to be with the and spoken word. HIFA represents “Truth in translation” engaged Power in the Voice encouraged of the Artworks on display around possible audience.
news and marketing managers by the
15th- 20th of each month. an enormous work in common on the Truth and Reconciliation young creative thinkers and the gallery. The place was never
from the artists, organizers, staff, process and proposed work- performers to develop their skills still: the eagerness of the public Unicef, Pro Helvetia, Africalia,
Newspaper rights funders to the audience, eager shops around the play where in spoken word, performance, rap, to see and share, their criticality the Swiss, Norwegian, Italian,
The newspaper reserves the right to reject
any material that could be found offensive and hungry to hear, partake and the audience was encouraged to storytelling, as well as street art, and overwhelming curiosity really Portuguese, French, Nether-
by its readers. Opinions expressed in the share the dance for the seven express opinions, Sangano “the creative writing, competitions, col- made a celebration of the journey- lands, German, Japanese and
SA Art Times do not necessarily represent
the official viewpoint of the editor, staff or days of this ceremony of deter- Meeting” by theTumbuka Dance laborations, workshops, exhibitions ing together of both visual art Indonesian embassies and the
publisher, while inclusion of advertising mination that showed a profound company, Loupe as a part of the and talks. and people that is not defined by British council, actively engaged in
features does not imply the newspaper’s
endorsement of any business, product or significance and demonstrated HIFA-DIRECT project, “The two borders and differences but by a making the festival a success, with
service. Copyright of the enclosed mate- that the Zimbabwean artists are leaders I know” by Daves Guzha, The YOUTH scene on the Green broader understanding of a shared many local and international banks
rial in this publication is reserved.
thinking beyond the exotic and the Curry Tales by Rani Moorthy, where hip hop dancing com- African visual imagery. and corporates feeling empowered
usual in favour of a true and valid “Settlement” by the Belgian Dance petitions and workshops were by the challenging personality of
SUBSCRIPTIONS contemporary response and social Company SOIT where the per- proposed daily was always vibrant “The visual art show was by far HIFA.
comment. formances were the culmination and determined to action. the most consequent and eclectic
NAMIBIA of a process of construction and “It is a celebration of young and show of the visual arts to date” “As Zimbabweans, we speak of
Call John at: The festival showcased the best sharing, La Voix, HIVOS Spoken older people finding their voices Manuel Bagorro, HIFA Founder & challenges and difficulties… such
Tel: +264 81 1286585 of Zimbabwean performances Word programme, Kalanga, where and expressing themselves” * Artistic director. insignificant words to describe the
and fine arts while staging and the spirit of the Kalanga flourishes determined effort it has taken to
ZIMBABWE exhibiting African and international with resounding energy, every The National Gallery presented “The audience was refreshing. bring this tremendous celebration
Gallery Delta performances. show was a solid declaration of works by Shona master stone Their response and contributions of Zimbabwean resilience to frui-
110 Livingstone Avenue, life, determination and self worth. sculptors Graham Rugow and made the exhibition alive with tion” Maria Wilson HIFA executive
Greenwood Park, Harare, Opening in such a context was a Liberty Tshuma. The vast high ceil- relevance”. director.
Tel/fax: (263-4) 792135 challenge and a statement both The HIFA-LUTIN was published in ing groundfloor space displayed
ael@twinarts.co.zw by local artists such as Chiwoniso different colour daily and distrib- works by emerging local artists Admire Kamudzengerere On the 6th of May, the day after
Maraire and Oliver Mtukudzi, uted to the audience with critics such as Viriginia Chihota and “Cornered” with the Mbira Koto the festival closed, new bank
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South African Art Times. May 2008 Page 3

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Determined participation, dedica-
tion, active healing, research, re-
membrance workshops, networks
and exchange, collectively spread
the quality innovative spirit that
ensures the continuing success
and growth of the contemporary Coffle III, Laser cut mild steel and paint
art scene in Zimbabwe in spite of
the political economic and social Performance at the National Gallery, Harare

Jaco Sieberhagen
hardship that people face.

It is an honour to partake.

Last comments on Sunday 5th:
9:00 am at the press conference
HIFATIGUE “with many seeds
‘Trapped in History’
planted” and during the closing
performance by Oliver Mtukuzi,
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Page 4 South African Art Times. May 2008

Fairweather House, home to The Goodman Gallery, and now also
The Bell Roberts Contemporary

Bell-Roberts joins the art
The European Festival Association hosted the “Festivals in a Globalizing World - Challenges of international cultural cooperation”
rush to Woodstock
Patrick Burnett on the art works. The new gallery

Global collaboration set to boost festival circuit The Bell-Roberts Contemporary
has announced its imminent
would enable exhibitions on a “big
scale”, allowing artists space for
greater experimentation.
Patrick Burnett ties for South African artists, while move from central Cape Town to
South Africa’s small but vibrant premises in Woodstock. With regards the move of other
Art festivals reach broad audi- festival circuit carries lessons for The move will see the gallery join- galleries to Woodstock, she said
ences, give artistic experience, the rest of the world. ing the Goodman Gallery in Wood- it made “a lot of sense” for the
enhance participation and a Karen Jeynes, Western Cape stock, while another contemporary galleries to be together.
sense of cultural belonging, play general secretary of the Perform- gallery, the Michael Stevenson
a role in education and reach the ing Arts Network of South Africa, Gallery, is also in the process of “Woodstock is also becoming
youth, thus playing a key role who attended the meeting, and moving to the suburb. the creative hub of the city and
in turning a multicultural society made a presentation about South borders on the east end of the city,
into an intercultural society. So African art, said festivals in Europe Bell-Roberts Contemporary owner so it is not that much further to
reads a declaration signed by 130 tended to focus on specific genres, Suzette Bell-Roberts said the drive,” she said.
delegates from 27 countries at the while events in South Africa like move was motivated by the lease
end of April at a four-day event the National Arts Festival were ending at their current Bree Street The new gallery, situated in Fair-
held in Turkey. The delegates multi-disciplinary. residence and the need to find weather House in Woodstock, is
represented 60 art festivals from Along with this there was a move premises that could accommodate scheduled for opening on 18 June.
around the world. away from classical arts and a were seeing their funding cut back information sharing would enable the three arms of their contem- The opening exhibition has yet to
Held by the European Festival As- recognition of the need to reach and were starting to have to look artists to be aware of what was porary art, design and publishing be finalised.
sociation, the theme of the event younger audiences and diversify for corporate funding, whereas required by European festivals. business.
was “Festivals in a Globalizing – something music festivals in this had been happening in South Beyond that, Jeynes said there Emerging and established artists
World - Challenges of international South Africa, which were more in- Africa for some time. had been a lot of interest in Africa She said the criteria for finding have been hosted by the gallery
cultural cooperation” and involved clusive and did not have as many “That is part of the reason why and South Africa, with a move new premises had been high for the last six years.
a discussion on the challenges, genre barriers – were already they are being forced to look at away from seeing South African art ceilings, beautiful flooring and
opportunities and obstacles of doing, she said. younger audiences and be com- as one dimensional and a growing “voluminous space”. It’s publishing wing has produced
international cooperation in the In another experience-sharing mercially viable,” she said. recognition that the country rep- Bell-Roberts said the existing Bree books on contemporary visual
festival world. area, Jeynes said many countries Jeynes said future collaboration as resented the full spectrum of arts Street premises had beautiful arts and culture with titles on art,
Increased collaboration between in Europe, who had previously a result of the meeting would be of - from traditional crafts through to beams and a historical feel and design and architecture. -- WCN
festivals globally holds possibili- seen art funded by governments, benefit to South Africa because animation. -- WCN context, but that this also imposed
Laubser, Maria Magdalena (Maggie) (1886 - 1973) ‘Portrait of a Woman with a Blue Head Scarf’. Oil on board, 50.4 x 45.8 cm. Signed "M Laubser" (lower/left)

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AFRICAN MODERNITY
THE OPENING OF AN EXHIBITION
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AROUND THE SHOWS

Work from Guy Tillim’s up coming show at The Michael Stevenson Gallery entitled: Lubumbashi City Hall, DR Congo, 2007 (Photo) - opening 10 July Jean Brundrit - The Exchange! (Photograph) from her exhibition entitled:
2008. For more information see www.michaelstevenson.com A Lesbian Story at the AVA Gallery until 09 May 2008

(Full image) Zander Blom, Untitled, Bathroom, 2.01 a.m., Wednesday, 23 May 2007, 805 x 559 mm, Ultrachrome ink on 100% Cotton Rag (Courtesy of
Whatiftheworld / Gallery)

The Hollard Gallery Hall Evening programme, hosted by Hollard and Artinsure happened this month , which included a variety of contemporary and Bronwen Vaughan-Evans, one of the works from :
classic works on show and used four experts to explain to the guests what is happening in the South African art world at present. Guests included Home Is Where the Heart is. Mixed media painting
private and corporate collectors, members of the finance word, art consultants, artists, gallerists, new comers to the art world who are potential Opening Thursday 12 June @ Gallery Momo
stakeholders. Included above are Paul Myson (auctioneer and valuer), Jeanetta Blignaut (Curator Hollard Art Collection), Lee-Ann Dobrescu (Hollard
Insurance Partners), Gordon Massie (Artinsure)
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