Art Talks

Learn about and love African art, film, music, books and music at popular Cape Town venues

The African Arts Institute (AFAI) will present a unique series of events featuring an all-Africa line-up at a number of popular Cape Town venues from 29 July 2011.

Titled Learn Africa, Love Africa, the programme consists of monthly Art Talks at 6 Spin Street, Film Nights at the Labia on Orange, Book Chats at the Book Lounge and Music Parties at the Kimberley Hotel. Learn Africa, Love Africa is being supported by Spier and the M-Net African Film Library.

Despite South Africa being recognised by the world as an important gateway to the continent, South African audiences are often under-informed and not exposed to the continental and global achievements of arts and culture practitioners born in Africa. In an effort to grow local markets for their work, Learn Africa, Love Africa aims to expose and promote the creative products of these contemporary musicians, filmmakers, artists and writers.

Learn Africa, Love Africa provides Capetonians with a host of opportunities to engage with creative content from the continent, covering music, film, art and literature, in events ranging from parties to lectures, spread over a five-month period.

Art Talks at 6 Spin Street

 The Learn Africa, Love Africa Art Talks will open on Tuesday 16 August with an overview of the origins, history and significance of Dak’Art, or the Dakar Biennale, conceived in 1989 and focused on visual arts since 1992. Leading the presentation will be independent writer, curator and academic, Marilyn Martin, one of five African curators for Dak’Art 2010; she will also touch on the retrospective hosted as part of the 20th Dakar Biennale.

On Tuesday 20 September, Kathy Coates, Arts Educator at the Iziko South African National Gallery and former lecturer at UCT’s Michaelis School of Fine Art, will present Influences on Contemporary Nigerian artists following extensive research in the region earlier this year.

On Tuesday 18 October, Richard Mudariki, a Zimbabwean artist living and working in Cape Town, will host a presentation titled The visual Arts in Zimbabwe: Creators, Context and Contents. Mudariki has a background in Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies and was recently included in an exhibit titled Hope and Despair, at the Zimbabwean National Gallery in Harare.

Author, journalist and former editor of Art South Africa, Sean O’ Toole, will take to the stage on Tuesday 15 November for an overview of his African experience at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Four African countries are represented at the current 54th Biennale, and not without controversy: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

On Tuesday 6 December, Mario Pissarra, Managing Director of Africa South Art Initiative http://www.asai.co.za  will present Decolonisation as a theme in the work of contemporary African artists, incorporating examples from Morocco, Sudan, Senegal, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique. Pissarra is also an honorary research associate in Historical Studies at the University of Cape Town.

Presentations will start at 6.30pm at the lecture room of the Cape Town Centre for Democracy at 6 Spin Street, next to the offices of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa. Tickets are R30 and booking is essential due to the venue’s limited capacity.

Book at 021-465 9027 or email info@afai.org.za.  Book for four events in this series and receive a ticket to the fifth free of charge.

Learn Africa, Love Africa kicks off with an all-Africa Music Party with DJ Jubu at the Kimberley Hotel on Friday 29 July. Parties will continue on month-end Fridays through November and feature some of the city’s best DJs playing all-African content.

The Film Nights series starts on Tuesday 9 August at the Labia on Orange and will continue with all-African film titles by the continent’s best contemporary directors on every second Tuesday of the month until December. It is supported by M-Net’s African Film Library, The first screening is a

tribute to Senegal’s Ousmane Sembene, often referred to as the father of African cinema. Sembene’s award-winning Borom Sarret (The Wagoner, 1963) and La Noire de(Black Girl, 1966) will be screened consecutively, from 6.15pm on Tuesday 9 August.

Learn Africa, Love Africa Book Chats, to be hosted at the popular Book Lounge on Roeland Street, is currently being finalized.

For up to date information on all events as part of Learn Africa, Love Africa, visit www.afai.org.za and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Arts-Institute/132801366800406

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