Book Launch: The ANC and the Regeneration of Political Power

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Contemporary visual art in Zimbabwe

AFAI’s next Art Talk features Zimbabwean fine artist Richard Mudariki introducing the work of a handful of his favourite contemporary Zimbabwean visual artists:

 

The Malema Dilema


Out in Africa Poster Exhibition

It is Creative Week Cape Town 2011 and the Cape Town Democracy Centre is hosting one of the must see events. The Out in Africa South African Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has been a fabulous annual cultural happening since its launch in 1994 and over the years OIA has commissioned wonderful artwork for their publicity. The posters have not been without controversy. One year all were stolen during the festival from Cape Town’s lampposts; someone was either truly offended, or thought they were very desirable.

The Creative Week exhibition showcases the work of four designers:

Charlotte Ewins (1998-2003), Peet Pienaar (10th to 13th film festivals, 2004-2007), Toby Attwell (14th to 16th festivals, 2008-2010) and Fred Viljoen (three mini-festivals in 2011).The diversity and creativity of the Out in Africa posters, publicly shown together for the first time, is a pleasure to see. The OIA Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has given South Africa not only a culture of good films, but also a culture of good posters. Please join us at 6 Spin Street for a glass of wine on Wednesday 14 September at 6 p. m.  The posters are on view until 17 September. 6 Spin Street Restaurant is a sponsor of the film festival.

Enquiries: 6 Spin Street Restaurant 021 461 0666

Influences on contemporary Nigerian visual artists

‘Influences on contemporary Nigerian visual artists’ will be the topic of an Art Talk hosted by the African Arts Institute (AFAI) at 6 Spin Street, Cape Town, on Tuesday 20 September at 6.30pm.

This is the second in a series of Art Talks on issues relating to contemporary visual arts from the continent of Africa, presented as part of AFAI’s Learn Africa Love Africa event programme. It will be presented by Kathy Coates, writer, researcher and arts educator at the Iziko South African National Gallery. Ms Coates is also a former lecturer at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Ms Coates participated in a fellowship programme at the Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) in Lagos earlier this year. Her research covered traditional Nigerian art forms, rituals, masquerades, costumes and performance practices and how these influence the work of selected contemporary artists. For this purpose Coates engaged with Nigerian artists, art work, collectors, curators, academics and galleries in and around Lagos.

OYASAF is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to promote the appreciation and study of Nigerian arts and artists, both in Nigeria and internationally. Through scholarships the organisation has hosted eights scholars from the US, Europe and South Africa in the last two years.

The hour-long Art Talk will start at 6.30pm in 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. The talk will be preceded by a Spier Creative Block wine tasting from 6pm.

Tickets are R30 and booking is essential due to the venue’s limited capacity.  To book, email info@afai.org.za or phone 021-465 9027.

Other Art Talks in the Learn Africa Love Africa series will include: Richard Mudariki, a Zimbabwean artist living and working in Cape Town, with a presentation titled The visual Arts in Zimbabwe: Creators, Context and Contents on 18 October; author, journalist and former editor of Art South Africa, Sean O’ Toole, with an overview of his African experience at the 2011 Venice Biennale on 15 November; and Mario Pissarra, Managing Director of Africa South Art Initiative (www.asai.co.za) with Decolonisation as a theme in the work of contemporary African artists, on 6 December.

For up to date information on all events as part of Learn Africa, Love Africa, visit www.afai.org.za and Facebook.

Learn Africa, Love Africa is supported by Spier and the M-Net African Film Library.

Book Launch: Metal That Will Not Bend

You are invited to the launch of:

Metal That Will Not Bend – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, 1980-1995

by Kally Forrest

Date: Thursday 25 August 2011

Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm

Place: Lobby Books, 6 Spin Street, Cape Town

RSVP: Andreas Späth aspath@idasa.org.za or 021 467 7606

In the 1980s there was a surge of trade union power on a scale not previously experienced in South Africa. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) was a highly prominent and innovative union in this assertion of muscle and one of Cosatu’s most radical affiliates, and its story is one of astonishing achievements as its activities built workers’ rights and deeply eroded the apartheid state. Metal That Will Not Bend – a translation of the union’s motto Insimbi ayigobi – tells that story by revisiting the formation of the powerful modern day union movement.

The trade union movement kept the internal struggle alive in the late 1980s when community organisations in the United Democratic Front (UDF) had been smashed. Many books have been published on the ANCs struggle for liberation. However, this critical aspect of internal mass mobilisation, which put pressure on the apartheid state through huge stayaways and which relied almost entirely on the organisation of Cosatu and its strong affiliates, has generally not been adequately explored. Metal That Will Not Bend traces the themes of power, independence and workers’ control as they were practiced by Numsa. A number of small metal organisations with at times antagonistic organisational and political strategies were built in different ways and with different attitudes to the exiled liberation movements in the early 1980s. They eventually unified into one powerful organisation.

Kally Forrest describes how workers’ struggles built this power, and she scrutinises the strategies used in the late 1980s, such as innovative bargaining strategies, to significantly improve the conditions of impoverished workers. The book then progresses to examine how Numsa used its power in an attempt to insert a workers’ perspective into the political transition of the early 1990s. It explores the obstacles the union faced, such as the violence that erupted across the country, and its commonality and divergence from the politics of the liberation movements (chiefly the ANC).

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