From the CAPE: Contemporary African Culture web site:
CAPE’s first international art forum, SESSIONS eKAPA 2005, brings together artists, cultural practitioners, curators, researchers, critics and historians of contemporary African art and the diaspora in Cape Town, South Africa on 4-6 December 2005.
Cape Town is both the site of SESSIONS eKAPA 2005 and its context. Consisting of three days of discussions, workshops, interventions and site-specific mini-laboratories that take place throughout Cape Town, SESSIONS eKAPA 2005 will draw on the city’s unique urban fabric as a laboratory in which to explore and experiment with contemporary African art practice.
Local (in time and place) and global (in information flows), the meeting comes at a crucial junction. It follows a series of major exhibitions and conferences of contemporary African art at venues across the world, and precedes CAPE’s first art manifestation, set to take place in Cape Town in 2006. As such, SESSIONS eKAPA 2005 asks: where we have come from, what moment we are in and – in the words of poet Christopher Okigbo – “How we shall go?" Under the theme “Mzantsi: (re)locating contemporary African art practice” the forum explores African art practices, and interrogates their location in terms of medium, geography, their production through economic relations and practices of curation, and their relation to the everyday, the social, and the political ... [read more]
Day 1 explores alternative models of large scale curation, the problems and potentialities of the exhibition as art practice in Africa, and the framing of Africa in contemporary exhibitions and cultures of display ... Day 2 sets in motion an experiential engagement with the city itself: several mini-laboratories curated and produced by diverse cultural practitioners and activists will use site-specific or route-specific discussions, performances, activities and interventions to provoke conversations about the nature and location of African art practice, the tactical use of urban topographies, and social and cultural practices of identity ...Day 3 interrogates art activism and the art institution, as well as the availability and comparability of African forums for conversation about art practice. The day ends with an open discussion that brings together participants from the preceding sessions ... [see the full program here [PDF file]]
To attend SESSIONS eKAPA 2005 please fill out the registration document available here, and return to Tribal Meetings at the contact details below ... Final registration is by 14 November 2005.
For any enquiries regarding registration, contact Tribal Meetings:
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