This week Cape Town hosts some interesting event, including a political arm-wrestling contest in support of the arts and a public debate around arts and politics. There are also two solo exhibitions opening, an interview with two international creative entrepreneurs and AfrikaBurn. Here are all the details:
Tuesday, 22 May
An interview with Buffer founders Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich at Twenty Fifty.
Buffer founders Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich are in Cape Town and will be talking about their experiences building their company – a social media management app. Interview hosted by Nic Haralambous.
36 Buitenkant Street, at 6:30pm.
Thursday, 24 May
GHOSTS, a solo exhibition by Ralph Ziman opens at The Muti Gallery
GHOSTS confronts the complex socioeconomic and political circumstances of the African arms trade – a multinational, multibillion-dollar industry that moves in one direction only – into Africa. Ziman spent six months collaborating with African artisans to produce wool garments and beaded replicas of the iconic AK-47 used in the series.
Ziman’s work challenges the tragic cliché of our times: a war torn, violent Africa of militant and corrupt dictators, child soldiers, and unceasing civil wars fed by a growing international arms-trade.
3 Vredehoek Avenue, Oranjezicht at 6:30pm.
We interviewed the artist about this body of work in January. Read it here.
Should Artists Align Themselves with Political Parties?, a debate hosted by AFAI happens at 6 Spin Street Gallery.
As general elections in South Africa are on the immediate horizon, AFAI engages in a public debate around the political parties appropriating artists and/or artists aligning themselves with the interests of political parties. Speakers include theatre maker, writer-director Thami Mbongo; writer, producer, director, actor Kurt Egelhof; journalist, film director and author Margie Orford; consultant, writer and actress Ukhona Mlandu and actress Nicola Hanekom. The panelists will present their perspectives on this issue for about 10 minutes, after which Mike van Graan will facilitate the debate, drawing in members of the public.
6 Spin Street, Cape Town at 5:30pm.
Go to the Facebook Event for more information.
Saturday, 26 April
Persephone’s Tears by Judy Woodborne opens at Casa Labia.
Judy Woodborne explores representations of water from Eastern and Western perspectives.
Artist walkabout on 10 May at 11am. Workshop on 24 May at 10am.
192 Main Rd, Muizenberg.
A Call to Arms, a political arm-werestling battle happens at AVA Gallery.
Acclaimed international performance artist Anthea Moys has once again thrown down the gauntlet – this time challenging leaders of South African political parties and members of the public to arm-wrestle for their cause.
Leaders from all parties contesting the national elections are invited, as are courageous members of the press, public and arts community. Political leaders can battle out their party’s arts policies and plans while Moys is expected to be on top form. According to a TEAM MOYS insider, “They had better watch out. She has single-handedly taken on Grahamstown and Geneva and she is using the same hand.”
35 Church St, Cape Town at 11am.
Head to the Facebook Event for more information.
Monday, 28 April
AfrikaBurn happens in the Tankwa Karoo.
AfrikaBurn is a community of participants who come together to create art, burning structures, costume, performance, theme camps, music and mutant vehicles. All of this is created through the volunteer culture of the citizens of Tankwa Town in the Karoo once a year. The event is South Africa’s regional Burning Man.
Head to the Facebook page to grab any tickets that are still for sale.
Head to afrikaburn.com for more information.