CURRENT PROJECTS

VIAD | April - November 2018

Members of the African Choir, London, 1891. By London Stereoscopic Company (left to right: Frances Gqoba; Katie Manye [later known as Katie Makanya]; Paul Xiniwe and Eleanor Xiniwe) © Hulton Archive/Getty Images. Courtesy of Hulton Archive, and Autograph ABP, London. Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

 

PHOTOVILLE, NYU / PRIYA RAMRAKHA: THE RECOVERED ARCHIVE

CONGRATULATIONS TO VIAD RA ERIN HANEY AND SHRAVAN VIDYARTHI FOR THEIR RECENT EXHIBIT AT PHOTOVILLE, NEW YORK –PRIYA RAMRAKHA: THE RECOVERED ARCHIVE. PRESENTED IN A REFASHIONED SHIPPING CONTAINER BENEATH THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, THE SHOW WAS HIGHLIGHTED AS ONE OF THE BEST AT PHOTOVILLE 2018 IN POPPHOTO.COM.

Click HERE to view Popphoto review

Click HERE to view the recent Africa is a Country profile on Erin and Shravan’s forthcoming book

View Erin Haney's bio


ARROGANCE OF POWER & THE 'STATE FUNERAL'  

VIAD RA LUVUYO DONDOLO CRITIQUES THE OFFICIALDOM & DIALECTICS OF THE SO-CALLED ‘STATE FUNERAL’, WITH REFERENCE TO THE RECENT STATE-COMMEMORATION OF MAMA SOBUKWE.

"The state needs to rethink and relook the complexities of the so called state funeral for the members of the former liberation movements that are not in power. The funeral of Mama Sobukwe demonstrated the dialectics and challenges"

Click HERE to view the article

View Luvuyo Dondolo's bio


NYU BOOK LAUNCH / CHERYL FINLEY'S 'COMMITTED TO MEMORY'   

CORNELL UNIVERSITY ART HISTORIAN & VIAD RA PROF CHERYL FINLEY'S NEW PUBLICATION - COMMITTED TO MEMORY. THE ART OF THE SLAVE SHIP ICON - WILL BE LAUNCHED AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY ON THURSDAY THE 13TH SEPT. PRESENTING THIS REMARKABLE CONTRIBUTION, PROF FINLEY WILL BE IN CONVERSATION JENNIFER L. MORGAN, CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS-NYU. 

"For me, what’s key is the icon’s longevity and its enduring presence in the minds of black artists and their allies, who’ve used the image to show offenses against human rights and violence against black people and black bodies..."

Click HERE for details on the launch

Click HERE for the recent Cornell Chronicle feature


VIAD & GALA / THE LESSER VIOLENCE READING GROUP

VIAD AND GALA RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE LESSER VIOLENCE READING GROUP, WHICH STARTS 29 AUG 2018. INVITED CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE RUMANA AKOOB, KATLEGO DISEMELO, GABRIELLE GOLIATH, M. NEELIKA JAYAWARDANE, KEVAL HARIE, DONNA KUKAMA, NONDUMISO MSIMANGA, AND VIAD CURATOR & RESEARCHER AMIE SOUDIEN.

Click HERE for more information (spaces are fully booked)


GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND ART IN THE #MeToo ERA 

VIAD RA PROF M. NEELIKA JAYAWARDANE WRITES ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ART INSTITUTIONS IN RELATION TO GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE PERPETRATED BY 'STAR' ARTISTS - CITING THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY AROUND SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST MOHAU MODISAKENG.

Click HERE to read her Al Jazeera feature

"How we, as professionals in the art world, decide to react towards the violent people working in our field will have a significant impact. Individuals in influential positions and persons on boards are the guides of institutional policies - they reflect prevailing "norms" and belief systems of dominant cultural groups. And conversely, institutions shape our values and what we accept as "norms".”

View Prof. Neelika Jayawardane's bio


NEW BOOK PUBLICATIONS BY VIAD RAs 

VIAD IS THRILLED TO ANNOUNCE A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT NEW BOOK PUBLICATIONS AUTHORED AND/OR EDITED BY RESEARCH ASSOCIATES CHERYL FINLEY, KIMBERLY LAMM, NATHANIEL STERN, BRYAN TRABOLD AND COUZE VENN.  

CHERYL FINLEY (bio)

/ Committed to Memory. The Art of the Slave Ship Icon (Princeton University Press - link)

KIMBERLY LAMM (bio) 

/ Addressing the other woman. Textual correspondences in feminist art and writing (Manchester University Press - link)

NATHANIEL STERN (bio)

/ Ecological Aesthetics - artful tactics for humans, nature, and politics (Dartmouth College Press - link)

BRYAN TRABOLD (bio)

/ Rhetorics of Resistance. Opposition Journalism in Apartheid South Africa (University of Pittsburgh Press - link)

COUZE VENN (bio)

/ After Capital (Sage Publishing - link)


ARTSY FEATURE: RENÉE MUSSAI & BLACK CHRONICLES IV 

ARTSY.NET RECENTLY FEATURED AUTOGRAPH ABP CURATOR AND VIAD RA RENÉE MUSSAI AS ONE OF TWENTY INTERNATIONAL CURATORS TAKING A CUTTING-EDGE APPROACH TO ART HISTORY. 

ARTSY.NET: "20 CURATORS TAKING A CUTTING-EDGE APPROACH TO ART HISTORY" - click HERE to view

Mussai’s research-led curatorial work “encompasses the historical as well as the contemporary, engaging critically with the archive, [and] past and present image repertoires,” she said. “I believe in curatorial activism. For me, the provision of a critical context, to find a balance between aesthetics and politics is always key—to act with a sense of urgency, contemporary relevance, and a commitment to the future.”

RENÉE MUSSAI recently curated Black Chronicles IV which VIAD hosted at the FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, 13 April - 31 May 2018. 

View Renée Mussai's bio