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(Detail) Stephan Hobbs, Hillbrow Walk, 2008. Digital photograph. To be seen at Bank Gallery, Durban, 15 May – 07 June 2008

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Smoke Bomber take centre stage at National Arts Festival
an eye for good marketing, and and the USA.
canny understanding of the power So, if he can win over the locals,
of collaboration and networking as Mahomed feels jack about telling can he win over the different
a weapon in the struggle for excel- it like it was: “There was a lot of disciplines within the arts?
lence, he has achieved recognition cynicism with people saying ‘How How about the visual arts? Maho-
and success. does an Indian expect to survive in med immediately reverts back to
the arts?’ The stereotype was that the festival committee, saying it
And he has been hugely success- an Indian became a merchant or has “people who are very strong in
ful. He was even awarded teacher accountant.” the visual arts”.
of the year by the old segregated
education system, which he finds There was a sense that his work “I will shape the vision of this
somewhat ironic. would become the vehicle to festival in consultation with the
disprove that, but that was when artists on the committee and
Certainly not a party hack, he was younger. people who have exhibited her in
Mahomed’s philosophy leans more As he developed in his career, so the past, as well as a whole range
towards cross-over and exploration did his creative marketing skills. of stakeholders who have a vested
across lines of class, race, religion, He brought a whole herd of shows interest (in the visual arts).
gender – all the hot frontiers in our in the big party festival of ’95 – no
society. less than six shows. By the next Meanwhile, nothing seems to
year the figure had ballooned into displease the man. He loves Gra-
He believes coming from Lenasia a staggering 13 shows! hamstown, he loves the festival
has steeled him for yet another “We booked out Vickies (at Victoria team he has inherited, he is not
return to the smallness of town, Girls High) and played to full phased by the carnivorous political
especially this historical town, still houses every day, every perform- scene, he believes this is good for
a frontier alive with contradictions, ance.” the arts community!
divides, and lately, an ANC assault “When a regime begins to show
on its very name, Grahamstown. Besides writing, producing, direct- flaws, this is when the arts com-
ing and all the rest, he’s also been munity becomes most critical and
It’s way too early for Mahomed to on the festival boards in his own vibrant…”
be blooded by these local feuds, play, ironically acting as a white
the man is simply looking for a conscript in the apartheid army. He’s not phased about criticism
house to buy. He’s got the bike, a He’s still focused on theatre that leading to a spiteful withdrawal
knobbly dirt machine, bought from “breaks conventions, that is cutting of funding. Artists are by nature
the local outdoor cycle store, and edge, but it must reach standards innovative and will always find
he can’t wait to settle down into of excellence. I’d like the audience money to enable them to make
his beloved lifestyle of work, work, to walk out feeling challenged, their work.
work, reading four newspapers a stimulated and that they had value
day, cooking, entertaining, and, as for their money.” The 80s saw the arts playing an
stated, more work. extremely critical role, then going
After attending 23 festivals, into a more reconciliatory role in
He is unmarried, but one gets the Mahomed is preparing to ease into the mid-90s to now, where there
sense that he is absolutely de- the director’s chair as local pillar of is a “new wave” of work grappling
lighted with life and his new post. the Grahamstown community and with “succession, accountability
Like many things, he is an abso- festival pioneer through very dark and corruption.
lute festival veteran. It was a trip and bright years, Lynette Marais,
to fest in 1982, when he brought prepares to leave it. Back in the Madiba days artists
60 young Indian schoolchildren on were in “a state of euphorbia. Now
a long bus trip to Grahamstown, He is adamant that festival re- we are coming out and saying how
where his life changed. mains “the barometer of the South do we assert our identity?”
African arts community”, and He’s keen on “art on the left” which
“For the first time I witnessed the while it is a vital income earner holds a very clear “mirror to our
The new National Arts Festival Director: Ismail Mahomed Photo: Mike Loewe transformative nature and power of for Grahamstown, this is precisely society”, but he tacks on the notion
the arts. My students, who lived in because the festival is a “national of bureaucracy, administration and
a closeted little community, could, cultural treasure”. government.
Mike Loewe for the first time, interact with
others from other communities and He is seemingly utterly unafraid of Yet, he’s also keen on the old
The angry young performing artist international arts. in his works – by now too many worlds. The arts became a conduit conservative environments. One building of partnerships with
who once smoke-bombed the He’s erudite, passionate, prolific, to count – he has always strived for a whole range of issues which of his successes was turning the government, and believes that
offices of the National Arts Festival clever, gentle, proud, and a dedi- to “never stop at the level of di- were barred from discussion by Witbank Civic Theatre around, artists who do not want to play a
newspaper, Cue, in order to get a cated trooper for the peformers. dactism, but to always tell stories. formal schooling.” giving it life for all, regardless of its responsible role can be behaving
reviewer to attend his fringe show, He knew from the age of 14 that It’s about the characters and letting old Conservative Party stronghold in an irresponsible manner.
has returned to Grahamstown in his life was in the theatre. the audience go on a journey with A few days after getting back home history. The partnership with government
the somewhat anachronistic posi- But first the system evicted him the performers…” he resigned, cashed in his pension needs to be built on “honesty, trust
tion of festival director! and his family from Sophiatown and began his new life by launch- His last job, as senior cultural spe- and criticism”.
But that is how the wheel of fate and later from Vrededorp to So, thwarted, he became a teacher ing the Creative Arts Workshop, a cialist in the American Embassy in
has turned, and it feels appropriate Lenasia, a small, intense, bruised of maths and science – a brilliant community project in Lenasia. Pretoria was also at a time when And that smoking incident? He
that an authentic voice from the but stoic Indian community driven choice it turned out, because by This company would grow to be- American attitudes towards the says he arrived in the Cue offices
fringe has taken centre stage. 30km out of Joburg by racial ar- the time he decided to give the come one of the largest independ- Muslim world and vice versa were with a smoke machine, asked a
Ismail Mahomed, 48, diligent rogance and hatred. comfort of a regular pay check and ent theatre companies. on tenterhooks. America had just student where he could plug it in,
and thorough maths and science The young Mahomed was angry. other middle-class conventions invaded Iraq, but he describes his and was naively shown the socket.
teacher, performing artist extraordi- He watched in 76 as Soweto the old heave-ho and leap into the But it needed the oxygen of travel five years there as “stimulating”. Once he had it going, the entire
naire, is the first director of colour burned just beyond the railway arts, he had a special skill - – and so it did, to almost every fes- “The allowed me to build a bridge cast of a children’s show started
to head up the 34-year-old festival, tracks, Wits and Rau accepted him administration. tival available, from Grahamstown, of dialogue between a broad range demanding their review, and, when
a formative institution in shaping as a student but the regime would to KKK, to Durban, a women’s of justice institutions in Johannes- the smoke had settled, got it.
South African, and lately, not give him a permit. However, With the addition of business skills, festival, and later, to Copenhagen, burg and the embassy.” And it was pretty good too.

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Lloyd Pollak returns
Popular art critic and lecturer for guests. Enquiries should be artistic revolution that in turn modern life’, portraying its hectic
Lloyd Pollak returns to Iziko South directed to Lizzie at 021 467 4662 spawned a number of new genres rush and teeming metropolitan
African Museum on 16 and 22 (Tue-Thu 10:00-14:00) or email such as Futurism, Purism and crowds.
April, 13 and 21 May, and 11 Vorticism. This lecture traces the
June, to present a further series evolution and stages of Cubism. 11th June – Russian Art of the
of lectures on 20th century art 16 April - Fauvism included the 20th Century - Once the seedbeds
styles, from Fauvism (or ‘wild works of Dufy, Roualt, Derain, 13 May – Explosive and angst- of artistic revolutions, Moscow
beasts’) to the artistic revolutions Vlaminck and Matisse whose ridden, German Expressionism and St Petersburg embraced a
of Russia. Hosted by the Friends ‘strident palettes sounded the birth achieved a blend of tortured and number of European avant-garde
of the South African National cry of Modernism’ and triggered Gothic art, tribal and Van Gogh, styles before State policy dictated
Gallery, all lectures begin at 17:30 the ‘outrage standard’ of 20th Ensor and Munch. that Socialist-Realism became the
in the TH Barry Lecture Theatre century art. order of the day.
and cost R40 per lecture (R160 21st May – Futurism, an Italian
Jean Brundrit: If my house went through airport security 2005/6 (detail) for the series) for Friends, or R50 22nd April – With Cubism, Picasso style dominated by light and move- For further information, visit
Selenium toned shadowgram per lecture (R220 for the series) and Braque unleashed a radical ment, celebrated the ‘dynamism of

Reality Check is a photographic exhibition that
runs at Iziko South African National Gallery New changes at Iziko
until 25 May 2008. Changes at Iziko Museums particularly for the youth. sionary entrance fee for South rica Day (25 May), Youth Day (16
As a public education facility in a African pensioners and students June), National Women’s Day (9
The inspiration for the exhibition around identity, self-representation developing economy and a newly We are proud to announce that, remains unchanged. August), Heritage Week 2008 (22
arose out of an invitation to the and gender are explored along- democratic society, Iziko Museums with effect from 1 April 2008, all – 28 September), National Aids
South African National Gallery side landscape and post-apartheid of Cape Town is acutely aware of children under the age of 16 years Our visitor surveys have shown Awareness Day (1 December) and
in 2006 from the Neuer Berliner memory. its mandate, which is to manage will be able to visit the museums that, except where such a day Human Rights Day (from 2009).
Kunstverein, in Germany, to curate and promote Iziko’s unique com- operated by Iziko free of charge. was a public holiday, the public
an exhibition called Contemporary The following are represented bination of South Africa’s heritage School groups will continue to have not taken advantage of free Iziko remains committed to ena-
Art Photography from South Af- in Reality Check: Bridget Baker, collections, sites and services for have access to special guided entrance on Saturdays, as we had bling visitors to enjoy maximum
rica, which ran in various German Lien Botha, Jean Brundrit, David the benefit of present and future tours and other educational activi- hoped. From 1 April therefore, access to our collections, exhibi-
cities. Reality Check is a selection Goldblatt, Pieter Hugo, Santu generations. ties, at a subsidised cost. entrance to Iziko museums will tions and programmes.
from the larger exhibition. Mofokeng, Zanele Muholi, Jo no longer be free on Saturdays.
Ratcliffe, Mikhael Subotzky, Guy In keeping with this mission, the For those schools that cannot Instead, there will be free entrance We’d like to take this opportunity
The work of the twelve contem- Tillim, Andrew Tshabangu and Council of Iziko Museums of Cape afford to visit the city, our outreach to all patrons on the following to thank the public for their loyal
porary photographers and artists Nontsikelelo ‘Lolo’ Veleko. Town (Iziko) has reviewed Iziko’s programme and mobile museum selected commemorative days: patronage and support.
provide an indication of the di- entrance fees and concessionary will bring the museum’s collections
verse practices through which the The Gallery is open daily from prices, with the aim of enabling to them. Freedom Day (27 April), Interna-
realities of our radically changing 10:00-17:00 except Mondays. maximum access to our museums, Furthermore, the current conces- tional Museums Day (18 May), Af-
world are explored.
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