Zaki Ibrahim presents Every Opposite.
Apr22

Zaki Ibrahim presents Every Opposite.

Recently we had the opportunity to interview Canadian-born South African singer/songwriter Zaki Ibrahim. We found out what makes her the ever soulful singer that she is and to our delight, she is one musician you’d want to spend your money on. Here is what Zaki had to say… Zaki, what was it like growing up in Canada? I lived in a small town on Vancouver Island, Canada’s westest coast.  My family seemed very different from the other families on the island. We were a “bi-racial” unit or “multi-racial in many ways, with a very African percussionist and social activist Father, a blond, blue eyed school teacher Mother. We stuck out like a sore thumb.  Different families from different places in the world lived with us at any given time; Korea, Russia, Japan, Nigeria, Jordan, Afganistan and Bask Country. We always had tenants that my parents “hosted” as they emigrated to Canada, as they started programmes through the local College for refugees and families seeking a better life for their children.  Home life was always filled with stories from all corners of the world.  As a teenager, I found it to be the most boring place on earth.  But looking back, it was the bomb. Your dad Zane Ibrahim is a radio legend, what role has he played in you choosing a musical career? He’s always encouraged me to express myself, but has been wary of     encouraging me to sell that expression.  My Dad is very anti consumerism.  He believes in humility and sensibility.  I think as his baby girl, he’s always tried to strengthen me and protect me at the same time.  I think my career choice as a musician was nerve wracking for him as he knew it’s something that flows out of me, but also shows vulnerability.  The day he gave me his stamp of approval was the first time he saw me perform here in South Africa in 2009. About her Career. What motivated you to choose a career in music? I suppose I’ve been motivated most by the encouragement of my peers and found that music began to take over once I gave it a fair chance.  I always felt that I wanted to protect the thing I loved doing most and not depend on it to live just so I could love it forever. What do you think every artist [new/old] should know about the industry you are in? The thing that I’ve found is like with anything in life, there’s something new to learn. Just when you think you know it all, there’s something else to get your teeth into. It’s worth staying open to the...

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Call for applications: Place for 10 artists on Diana Hyslop drawing workshop @BagFactoryArt
Jul15

Call for applications: Place for 10 artists on Diana Hyslop drawing workshop @BagFactoryArt

The Bag Factory invites artists to apply to participate in a Drawing Workshop by Diana Hyslop Drawing is the backbone of art making. It is important for visual-artists to understand the elements of drawing as well as to revisit them from time to time. Over the past years Bag Factory artist Diana Hyslop has run a number of successful drawing workshops around South Africa. This year Diana will be running a three day workshops at the Bag Factory from 2 to 4 August. In line with the Triangle Network’s philosophy of ‘learning by exchange’, this workshop will bring together artists of varying professional levels and diverse backgrounds to work together and co-critique each other in a friendly and creative environment. During the workshop participants will be shown techniques to rejuvenate their artistic creativity, play with new ideas and improve their own drawing technique. Diana will be taking participants through the following programme: * Tuesday 2 August from 10:00 to 15:00 – Exploring line. * Wednesday 3 August from 10:00 to 15:00 – Exploring texture and marking. * Thursday 4 August from 10:00 to 15:00 – Exploring form and tone. We have spaces for 10 interested artists. If you are interested please send your CV, ID number and 3 drawings from your portfolio to info@bagfactoryart.org.za by Monday 25 July 2011. Deadline for applications: Monday 25 July...

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Andrew Tshabangu ”Kibera Nimoja” @ Gallery Momo
Jul15

Andrew Tshabangu ”Kibera Nimoja” @ Gallery Momo

28 July to 22 August ANDREW TSHABANGU – Kibera Nimoja Gallery MOMO is proud to present Kibera Nimoja by ANDREW TSHABANGU, opening Thursday 28 July 2011 @ 18h30 – 20h00 and concluding 22 August 2011. Facebook Fan Page “This body of work is an exploration of interior and exterior spaces. It is a continuation of my curiosity and fascination with photographing interiors of living spaces without the physical presence of the inhabitants. I believe that these spaces for instance, one room homes in informal settlements or locations, speak volumes about the people that inhabit them. The arrangement of personal possessions in a room is reflective of the personality of its resident. Each room has a historical context, chronicling the lives of the people that interact daily in those spaces. I chose Kibera, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya, as my subject for this series of photographs because I was struck by the way its exterior spaces, though quite small; support a dense population of people. My curiosity led me to explore how the people of Kibera navigate between these rather seemingly limiting spaces. In 2008, I was invited by the Nairobi Art Trust/Center for Contemporary Art of East Africa to conduct a one-week photography workshop that culminated in an exhibition at the National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi. While preparing for the exhibition I felt that the duration of the workshop was quite short and requested that the sponsors consider doing another session. They agreed and I came back for the next round of workshops in 2009. My initial visit in 2008 coincided with the end of the bloodiest politically motivated unrest Kenya had seen in a long time. At the time Kibera was not easily accessible since it had been the main location of all the violent protest. During my visit in 2009, I was invited to a play, a musical production titled ‘More Fire’ that dealt with issues around the political and social landscape of Kibera post 2008. After viewing this play, I was drawn even more to exploring the socio-political disposition of Kibera and its inhabitants. This exploration is a continuation of my travels around African cities and villages, which have taken me to Botswana, Cameroon, DRC, Madagascar, Mali, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal and Reunion Islands. My aim is not to conduct comparative case studies of African cities or specifically informal settlements or hostels; my interest is solely based on my curiosity about the African continent. This study of Kibera stems from my desire to continue exploring the rich socio-cultural diversity of the African continent.” Please feel free to contact Gallery MOMO on +27 11 327 3247,...

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João Orecchia & Joseph Suchy @ David Krut
Jul15

João Orecchia & Joseph Suchy @ David Krut

David Krut Projects (Parkwood) will be hosting an experimental sound performance and installation for one week only. This inspired event aims to create an experience within the space that also invites audience interaction. Performances by João Orecchia and Joseph Suchy will take place twice daily from Monday through Friday. Please join us on Saturday, from noon, for a meet and greet session with the artists. They will be talking about the project and welcome audience engagement, as well as questions and conversation, throughout the week. Performance times: 18 – 22 July: 16:00 – 17:00 and 18:00 – 19:00 23 July: 12:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 – 15:00 142 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood . T +27 (0)11 447 0627 taryn@davidkrut.com ....

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Apply now! Animation Workshop at the Bag Factory
Jun06

Apply now! Animation Workshop at the Bag Factory

The Bag Factory invites those interested in animation to attend our upcoming workshop. Participants from any over 14 years old can attend an introductory animation workshop with visiting artists Dathini Mzayiya, Kim Modise and Fidel Regueros Garcia Herreros. Those accepted will have the opportunity to take part in the production of stop-motion animation pieces involving both 3 dimensional and 2 dimensional approaches. Using plasticene, toys and clothing, the artists will guide participants through the process with the objective of producing a short animation from storyboard to editing. We only have 10 spaces available, so in order to be part of this fun project please apply as soon as possible by providing your name, contact information, and ID number in a letter of interest as soon as possible to james@bagfactoryart.org.za The workshop will run from **Monday 20 June to Wednesday 22 June from 10am to 4pm** at the Bag Factory studios in Newtown. Application deadline: Monday 13 June Applications need to be in the form of a 1page motivation...

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