Constitution Hill, in association with Afropunk, will be keeping Jozi lights on this festive season, with engaging exhibitions and a ground-breaking music festival. The partnership also includes a collaboration with the Amacreatives to host A New Black, a multimedia group exhibition and dialogue focusing on the individual voices of seven upcoming contemporary artists and how they employ their artistic agency to engage with and interpret the colonial narrative that forms part of their history.
It’s a call for an artistic protest – a creative riot – to reimagine new definition(s) of blackness. It’s a disruption of the status quo; a defiance of stereotypes that continue to shape and frame ideas around blackness. A New Black is thus, the emergence of a unique calibre of black creatives aiming to shift perspectives on what it means to be a black artist in a constantly changing 21st-century Africa.
This creative showcase is significantly aligned with the world-renowned Afropunk festival – an international multi-cultural festival celebrating creativity and freedom of expression within black communities all over the world. The exhibition is curated by Constitution Hill’s Gaisang Sathekge in collaboration with Amacreatives, a dynamic creative hub focused on providing creative spaces and opportunities for upcoming young artists.
A New Black draws inspiration from Ngugi wa Thiongo’s call for a creative collective approach to reclaiming lost identities, cultures, histories and languages of Africans. In response to the curatorial brief, seven young contemporary artists were invited to contribute works which speak to the theme of decolonising, recreating, reimagining, reflecting and rewriting their own identities in relation to colonial heritage that continues to inform South Africa’s landscape.
The selected artists are Loyiso Mkize, Leeroy Jason, Zandi Tisani, Zac Modirapula, Sindiso Nyoni, Yolanda Mazwana and Zanele Mashinini. DJ Kenzhero will also participate in the exhibition, entertaining guests with his neo-Afrocentric sounds. The exhibition opening will also be accompanied by a dialogue where speakers will engage with the audience, expressing their personal definitions of what it means to be a black artist in a country with a brutal history of colonialism and apartheid.
Date: 14 December 2017
Venue: Old Fort Atrium, Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Charge: Free entrance
Parking: Level C Basement Parking, Joubert Street Entrance, Constitution Hill
In addition to the above exhibition, Constitution Hill will also be offering complimentary access to its delectable array of thought-provoking exhibitions during the festive season.
Constitution Hill December Exhibition Programme
Looking Backward, Moving Forward is an exhibition curated by the Ifa Lethu Foundation, showing the incredible talent and fortitude of the artists who struggled against the odds, during the apartheid era, to make their art tell the stories which were so often hidden due to the marginalisation of South Africa’s majority black population. The exhibition will run until the end of January 2018.
Umama Onesibindi: Mother of Courage is a tribute to all the children and women across Africa who have chosen life and stood firm in the face of adversity. For the past 10 years, photographer Karin Schermbrucker has travelled the continent on assignment for UNICEF, hearing and sharing the stories of women and children who have faced the giant of HIV. In every home, and over every shared moment, one thing was the same regardless of road name, country, or place: courage. The exhibition opens to the public on World AIDS Day and will close on 12 January 2018.
Memories of the Struggle: Australians Against Apartheid is an exhibition launched by the Australasian South African Alliance (ASAA), in partnership with the Australian High Commission in South Africa, Brand South Africa and Constitution Hill. This multimedia exhibition is a photographic timeline of events that weaves together a narrative of Australia’s involvement in the fight against apartheid.
Palladium Exhibition: Palladium, a well-renowned fashion brand, is celebrating 70 years of the existence of their trendy urban cultural boot. The exhibition is a showcase of the historical timeline and background on the existence of the Palladium boot and will show, in pictures, the transformative journey that the boot has walked. The exhibition closes in mid-January 2018.
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