The time is coming closer for the kick-off of Stories of Rain!!
In this time of palpable climate change, we find ourselves at the cusp of profound natural and cultural transformation. The dual disciplines of creative imagination and mediated thinking practiced by artists will be extremely valuable in this transition. The Global Nomadic Art Project offers local artists the opportunity to influence contemporary cultural attitudes towards nature and to explore possibilities for understanding in an increasingly fractured paradigm.
The Global Nomadic Art Project is traveling through South Africa – launching at the Origins Centre at WITS on 8 September 2016, and ending at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town on 6 October 2016. We, as South African artists and part of Site_Specific Land Art collective, are all hosting a the group of international artists in small groups along various routes across the country, supported by galleries, guest houses, hotels and private individuals along the way. We are following the story of the indigenous nomadic peoples of Southern Africa – the San – visiting relevant archaeological and historical sites.
At various points we will stop to do nature art/land art, documenting and sharing our endeavours with local artists in workshops and public presentations.
The Global Nomadic Art Project is a South Korean initiative by YATOOi that is making its way across the globe, starting in Korea in 2014, moving across to India in 2015, coming to South Africa in 2016 and heading to Iran, Britian, and America going forward. – yatooi.com/
Director of the Origins Centre, Steven Sack, is launching the Stories of Rain Global Nomadic Art Project at 17h30 on Thursday 08 September 2016, at the Origins Centre, WITS University. cnr Yale & Enoch Sontonga, Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Stories of Rain organiser, Anni Snyman, will introduce the project and its participants along with her Korean counterparts – Ko, Seung-hyun; Lee, Jae-eun; and Kim, Soon-im. Come and meet the international artists and South African artists who will be hosting them. At the same time some of the international artists will be arriving in Cape Town where Strijdom van der Merwe, me, Janet Ranson and the Cape contingent of Site_Specific Collective artists will be hosting them.
We’ll be exhibiting documentation of the land art created, for one night only, at the AVA Gallery in Church street, Cape Town, on 6 October. Please join us from 18h00. We’re honoured to have Virginia MacKenny from University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Art as our opening speaker. – ava.co.za
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