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. 

 

‘FORT HARE’ / CROSSROADS OF HISTORY & HERITAGE

IN A NEW ARTICLE PUBLISHED ON UNCENSOREDOPINION.CO.ZA, VIAD RA DR LUVUYO DONDOLO REFLECTS ON THE COMPLEXITIES, PARADOXES AND SHORTCOMINGS OF THE INSTITUTIONAL ‘DECOLONISING’ OF PUBLIC SPACES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE.

“The University of Fort Hare’s public spaces ought to move beyond the add-on-phenomenon.”

Click HERE to read University of Fort Hare at the Crossroads of its Contradictory History and Heritage

 View Luvuyo Dondolo’s bio


‘UNSTABLE GROUNDS’

ON NOVEMBER 28, VIAD RA PROF FIONA SIEGENTHALER AND SOUTH AFRICAN ARTIST AND CURATOR KHANYISILE MBONGWA ENGAGED IN A PUBLIC CONVERSATION ENTITLED ‘UNSTABLE GROUNDS. DECONSTRUCTING SELF: THE 'OTHER' IN PUBLIC SPACE’ AT THE KUNSTHISTORISCHES INSTITUT, UNIVERSITY OF ZURICH. KHANYISILE MBONGWA IS A CAPE TOWN BASED INDEPENDENT CURATOR AND AWARD WINNING ARTIST, WHO WORKS WITH PUBLIC SPACE, INTERDISCIPLINARY AND PERFORMATIVE PRACTICES UNPACKING THE SOCIO-POLITICAL, SOCIO-ECONOMIC, SOCIO-RACIAL AND HISTORICAL-CONTEMPORARY COMPLEXITIES AND NUANCES OF THE EVERYDAY.

Click HERE for details

View Fiona Siegenthaler’s bio

Lhola Amira (AKA Khanyisile Mbongwa) link


‘DISCERNING PHOTOGRAPHY’S WHITE GAZE’

VIAD RA PROF JOHN EDWIN MASON RECENTLY TOOK TO TWITTER, CRITICISING THE PERPETUATION OF THE WHITE GAZE IN THE TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT COMPETITION (ITS MOST RECENT WINNER WAS THE MUCH-CRITICISED SOUTH AFRICAN EX-PAT PHOTOGRAPHER ALICE MANN). ALTHOUGH PROMOTING ITSELF AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION - “WHICH CELEBRATES AND PROMOTES THE VERY BEST IN CONTEMPORARY PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY FROM AROUND THE WORLD” - THE DEMOGRAPHIC OF PAST WINNERS SPEAKS TO A PROBLEMATIC ETHNOGRAPHIC LEGACY IN WHICH WHITE ARTISTS BENEFIT FROM THE AESTHETIC COMMODIFICATION OF BLACK AND BROWN BODIES. HYPERALLERGIC PICKED UP ON THE STORY AND INTERVIEWED PROF MASON:

“So, let me get this straight … ” he wrote. “All four prize winners in this year’s Taylor Wessing competition are portraits of black or brown people made by white photographers. That’s f_cked up.”

“I’m by no means saying that white photographers can’t make portraits that challenge the white supremacist gaze. Some have and some do,” he said. “But photographers of color, by and large, are more likely to make images that subvert the white gaze. They do it by creating images that are rooted in the particular historical experiences of black and brown peoples. They create, that is, new ways of seeing and of knowing.”

Click HERE for Jasmine Weber’s Hyperallergic’s article, Discerning Photography’s White Gaze - The three top winners of the prestigious Taylor Wessing Prize depict people of color, photographed by white photographers.


‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS’ & A NIGHT OF HISTORY SHARING 

VIAD VISITING PROFESSOR & CURATOR ANTHONY BOGUES WILL BE PRESENTING A KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE NACT VAN DE GESSCHIEDENIS PROGRAMME ON OCT 27 AT THE RIJKS MUSEUM, AMSTERDAM. REVOLT IS THE THEME OF THE PROGRAMME, AND BOGUES WILL BE SPEAKING ON ITS RELATION TO AFRICAN DIASPORIC ART PRACTICES AND HISTORIES. AS DIRECTOR OF THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF SLAVERY AND JUSTICE AT BROWN UNIVERSITY, BOGUES RECENTLY ANNOUNCED THE FORTHCOMING OPENING OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS - A NEW EXHIBITION AT THE JOHN NICHOLAS BROWN CENTER FOR PUBLIC HUMANITIES AND CULTURAL HERITAGE (PROVIDENCE), THAT USES ARCHIVAL MATERIAL, MUSIC AND FIRST-PERSON ACCOUNTS TO TELL THE STORY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE BLACK ORGANISING TRADITION AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT.

"‘Unfinished Business’ allows us to look historically at the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of those who were engaged in the Movement and their fight for justice … The exhibition brings into focus a story from the perspective that is not often told. It will be an important resource for local schools and the wider community.”

Click HERE for details on the exhibition

Click HERE for details on the Rijks Museum Nacht van de Geschiedenis programme

View Anthony Bogues’ bio


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