The West Indian Front Room (Geffrye Museum 2005-06) ©John Neligan

The Front Room ‘INNA JO’BURG’ by Michael McMillan

Exhibition opens on Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 17h30 for 18h00 at FADA Gallery

In THE FRONT ROOM ‘INNA JO/BURG’ installation, UK based writer-artist-curator Michael McMillan recreates a traditional African-Caribbean family front room, where creolised material culture meets memory with bittersweet pride. In his recreated domestic interior, McMillan, who is British born of Caribbean migrant heritage, invokes his childhood experiences, as well as those of his family and their generation as they attempted to create a West Indian identity as immigrants in England during the 1960s. READ MORE//

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A crowd of 700 West Indian immigrants in the customs hall at Southampton.

THE ARRIVANTS by Christine Checinska

Exhibition opens on Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 17h30 for 18h00 at FADA Gallery

In THE ARRIVANTS exhibition, UK-based artist-designer-academic Christine Checinska investigates the relationship between culture, race and dress. The conceptual departure point for the work is the 1948 arrival of the Empire Windrush at London’s Tilbury Docks carrying some 500 Jamaican migrants – colonial subjects invited by the government to assist in rebuilding post-war Britain – hoping to make a better life in the ‘Mother Country’. READ MORE//


Hypersampling Identities, Jozi Style

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FADA Gallery, Bunting Road Campus, Auckland Park, University of Johannesburg,

October 2015

The exhibition features work by contemporary sartorial groups such as the Sbhujwas and Izikothane; young, street-savvy design collectives including the Sartists, the Smarteez, Dear Ribane II3 and Khumbula; and individuals such as Dr Pachanga and Jamal Nxedlana, working in the urban Afropolitan environs of Jozi. Many of these cultural practitioners draw on or reference fashion styles of more established South African subcultural groups, specifically the Pantsulas and Swenkas. As sub-cultures originating in the 1970s, Pantsula and Swenking have contemporary relevance, not only as they are currently active, but also because both have created particular images of male black identities in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa, two prominent ones being the ‘streetwise gangster-with-a-heart’ (the Pantsulas) and the ‘perfect gentleman’ (the Swenkas). READ MORE//


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Book Launch of Power Politics and the Emotions: Impossible Governance? By Prof. Shona Hunter

APK Library Auditorium (6th Floor), University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park, Johannesburg

 6th April 2016

Offering a provocative and innovative theorisation of governance as relational politics, the central argument of Power, Politics and the Emotions is that there are sets of affective dynamics which complicate the already materially and symbolically contested terrain of policy-making. READ MORE//


CFP Image for websiteIn essays for this special edition of Critical Arts, writers are invited to consider ways in which the sartorial (hereafter referred to using Carol Tulloch’s (2010:274) tripartite structure of “style-fashion-dress”)[1] can be used as a means by which identities and subjectivities – specifically those of African and African Diasporic masculine subjects (hereafter also referred to as ‘black[2] masculinities’[3]) – are imagined, constructed, produced, marketed, disseminated, received, and consumed. READ MORE//


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Clothes, Cloth & Culture Group: Godfried Donkor & Dr Christine Shaw-Checinska

Iniva (institute of International Visual Arts), London, UK

28 April 2016

Artist Godfried Donkor will be in conversation with Dr Christine Checinska about his work and his sustained engagement with the social life and circulation of lace and textiles. READ MORE//

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Rockers, Soulhead & Lovers: Sound Systems back in Da Day

198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, 198 Railton Road, SE24 OJT, London, United Kingdom

21 March  – 21 May 2016

Curated by VIAD Research Associate and writer/artist/curator, Dr Michael McMillan this multi-media exhibition that has toured from New Art Exchange, Nottingham (2015-16) and explores the golden era of sound system culture from the 1960s to the early 1980s in London, in collaboration with Gary Stewart & Trevor Mathison (Dubmorphology). READ MORE//


Special Edition Critical Arts Journal

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Special Edition Critical Arts Journal: South-North Media Studies: ‘Archival Address: Photographies, practices and positionalities’

This special edition of the Critical Arts Journal (published 30th October 2015) edited by Dr Leora Farber, Director VIAD, comes out of the work relating to the Past Imperfect//Future Present conference, hosted by VIAD in March 2015, University of Johannesburg, and includes articles by some of the invitees to this event.