Doung Anwar Jahangeer
Doung Anwar Jahangeer is a Mauritian-born architect living in Durban, South Africa. His experience of the ‘profession’ led him to broaden his definition of architecture focusing on space, an architecturewithoutwalls. In 2000, Doung conceptualised and implemented The CityWalk initiative as a way of directly engaging with, and observing the flux and mutability of his adopted city. He works across a range of media, engaging the urban fabric – often in an openly critical manner. In 2008 he co-founded dala, a non-profit organisation focusing on initiatives, which engage art/architecture for social justice. www.doung.net and www.dala.org.za. Doung Anwar Jahangeer participates at the photo workshop (3 to 5 May) and the walks.
Florence Ayisi is a Reader in Documentary Film at the University of Wales, Newport. She teaches theory and practice of film including producing and directing. Her research interests include representations of Africa, visibility of African women, post-colonial theory, transnational and African cinema, and film audiences. Florence has taught in different higher education institutions including University of Sunderland, Coventry University and University of Glamorgan. An award winning filmmaker, Florence Ayisi’s films present unique and rare insights into alternative perspectives of Africa, their diverse and dynamic cultures, and how women’s work and visions are at the vanguard of socio- economic development. She has made films in Cameroon, and Zanzibar in Tanzania: Sisters in Law (together with Kim Longinotto, 2005) Sanzibar Soccer Queens (2007). Her short film Cameroonian Women in Motion (2012) is available in the ‘film on demand section’ at the Shoe Shop.
Jodi Bieber is one on South Africa’s most acclaimed photographers. She completed three short photographic courses at The Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg, and was then selected to participate in a photographic training programme at the Star newspaper 1993. She continued to work there as a photographer leading up to and during South Africa’s first democratic elections. She was chosen to participate in the World Press Masterclass held in Holland in 1996 and since then works on assignments for publications like the The New York Times Magazine but also for non-profit organisations like Médecins Sans Frontières on special projects for booklets and exhibitions, and has been awarded for many of her works.
The body of work, which emerged from ten years of focusing on the country of her birth, between 1994 and 2004, Between Dogs and Wolves: Growing up with South Africa was published in 2006, followed by Soweto (2010). www.jodibieber.com; Jodi Bieber participates at the exhibition in public space.
Tegan Bristow graduated from Rhodes University in 2000 with a BA Fine Art. In 2006 Bristow gained an MA Interactive Digital Arts from University of the Witwatersrand. Since 2007 Bristow has been teaching and coordinating the Interactive Digital Media MA program at the Digital Arts Division of the University of the Witwatersrand. Bristow, in addition to academic work is an artist and independent developer of interactive digital installations. Bristow started her PhD on Technology Arts Practice in Southern and East Africa with the Planetary Collegium (Plymouth University) in 2011. Please find more information on her at www.teganbristow.com
Tegan Bristow and Riaan Pietersen designed the Shoe Shop website and will do a presentation on their work at the Shoe Shop (25 May).
Francis Burger & Jonah Sack
Francis Burger (MFA, University of Cape Town, 2010) & Jonah Sack (MFA Glasgow School of Arts, 2006) faciliate THE INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING PROJECT. The IPP is an artist-run research initiative aimed at gathering people and objects around the idea of self or small-scale publishing in a South African context. Combining contemporary and historical examples, the books, booklets, zines, take-aways and leaflets generated, gathered and traded through the project advocate independent publishing as a first rather than a last resort. Consumable but not commodified, these works traverse closely-knit networks as if by word of mouth, existing as intimate instruments of personal agency and freedom of thought. The project was launched at blank projects in Cape Town in 2011 and recently hosted its second public iteration as a six week residency at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg. Project blog: http://independentpublishingproject.blogspot.com/. IPP XXX
Annett Busch is a freelance writer, curator and translator who was born in Munich in 1969 and is based in Brussels. She was editor of the pop and cultural magazine SPEX (1997 to 2002), co-edited the book, Ousmane Sembène: Interviews (Mississippi University Press, 2008), and has published a number of articles on African cinema in various magazines and readers.
http://missingimage.com http://dictionaryofwar.org http://ofapeoplewhoaremissing.net
Annett Busch is heading the film workshop at the Bioscope (7 to 10 May).
Emmanuel Bakary Daou
Emmanuel Bakary Daou was born in 1960 in San, Mali, and lives and works in Bamako. Among other activities, he is editor of the magazine, La Cravache, and main illustrator of the satirical newspaper, Le Canard Libéré. He has participated in several photography workshops and has exhibited many times at the French Cultural Centre in Bamako. He owns a photo studio, Photo Nature, in Bamako. He contributed to the founding of the Djaw-Mali association and of the Digital Club. He won the 3rd Prix Seydou Keïta (1998), the Prix de l’Union Catholique Internationale de la Presse (2001), the Trophée de la Presse Malienne (2009) and the 3rd Prix de la Maison Africaine de la Photographie (2010). His work has been shown as part of Encounters of Bamako: On the Road and at the Musée des Confluences in Lyon (2009), and has been acquired by the archives of the Musée National du Mali. He also participated in the project, Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photography and the representation of African migration, in Bamako in 2011. Emmanuel Bakary Daou participates at the exhibition in public space and the photo workshop.
Fatoumata Diabaté is one of Mali’s most accomplished young photographers. Born in Bamako in 1980, she studied at the Centre de Formation Audiovisuel Promo-Femmes and at the Centre de Formation en Photographie. This was followed by a training course in Vevey, Switzerland. She has since taken part in a number of group exhibitions in Bamako. She had also two solo shows, at the Visages Francophones Festival in Cahors, France and the Kornhaus Museum in Bern, Switzerland. In 2005, she was awarded the Institut Français’ Prix Afrique en Création for her project, Touaregs, en gestes et en mouvements. In 2006 she took part in the Paris-Bamako exchange programme with French photographer Camille Millerand. She has participated several times in Encounters: Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako, and in the project, Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photography and the representation of African migration, at the Musée de Bamako in 2011.
In her series taken in France Fatoumata Diabaté photographed Malian migrants in the Parisian suburbs. Her main concern is their daily life, their challenge with French ways of living fusing with Malian habits. Fatoumata Diabaté participates at the exhibition in public space and the photo workshop.
Sokona Diabaté was born in Kati in 1980 and initially trained as a secretary before starting her career as a photographer. She went to Promo-Femme, an institution that focuses on training women photographers, then joined the Musée National du Mali in Bamako and assisted well-respected Malian photographer Alioune Bâ in the photo-lab activities of the museum. She was also trained to teach photography to children. She participated in the exhibitions, Le sida est visible, fais-toi une image at the Musée de Bamako (2006), Mali vis-à-vis at the Centre Culturel Français in 2008, and in the project, Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photography and the representation of African migration, at the Musée de Bamako in 2011. Sokona Diabaté participates at the exhibition in public space and the photo workshop.
Djibril Diop Mambety
Djibril Diop Mambety was born in Colobane near Dakar, Senegal in 1945. Though primarily a filmmaker, Mambety was also an actor, musician and poet. He made only a small number of films, but they received international acclaim for their original and experimental cinematic technique and non-linear, unconventional narrative style. Instead of rejecting or elevating one as more or less authentically ‘African’, Mambety confronted and engaged with post-independent Africa’s complexities and contradictions. Montage sequences in his films overflows with symbols and sounds of today’s Africa, as well as contemporary European culture, depicting hybridity. Mambety was interested in transforming conflicting elements into a usable African culture, and in his words, ‘reinventing cinema’. Mambety’s filmography includes the internationally acclaimed films Contras’ City (1968), Badou Boy (1970) Touki Bouki (1973), Hyenas (1992) and Le franc (1994). His film The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun (1999) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me. It is also available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Photographer-artist Johannes Dreyer has worked with AAW! to install SHOE SHOP posters and big signs in Johannesburg. Chosen for his luminous eyes and sensitive approach to the nature of the work and the sites, Johannes has loved helping us to find great sites all over Johannesburg’s inner city and Soweto and the mischievious nature of some of the installations speaks straight to his heart. www.artatwork.co.za.
Alain Gomis was born in Paris in 1972. He is a writer and director who studied cinematography at the Sorbonne in Paris. His 2001 feature debut Lafrance which won the Audience Award at the 12th African Film Festival of Milan, was the film that put his career in the spotlight. Alain’s films include: As a Man (2002), Ahmed (2006) and Adalucia (2007). His most recent feature Aujourd’hui (2011) premiered at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2012. His film Little light (2003) ) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me. It is also available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Gahité Fofana was born in France in 1965, to a Guinean father. He studied literature and cinema in Paris and then worked as an editor before directing his first film, Tanun (1994). His other films include Une parole, un visage (1995), Temedy (1995), Matthias, le procès des gangs (1997), I.T. Immatriculation Temporaire (2001), and La lune est tombée (2008). His films Temedy (1999) and Early in the Morning (2005) run at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me. They are also available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Simon Gush (b.1981, ZA) is a South African artist currently based Johannesburg. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2003. Gush was a laureate at the HISK (Higher Institute for Fine Arts) in Ghent, Belgium, in 2007/8 and a Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2011. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions internationally and locally and has had solo shows at the SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst) in Ghent (2010), West in Den Haag, the Netherlands (2010), and the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town (2009 & 2010) and Johannesburg (2009 & 2011). Gush has been included in two publications surveying young contemporary artists: the Younger Than Jesus Directory published by the new Museum in New York, USA (2009); and 100 New Artists by Francesca Gavin, published by Laurence King Publishing (2011). Alongside his artistic practice, Gush has collaborated in founding and facilitating a number of alternative temporary exhibition platforms, most notably the Parking Gallery in 2006, which has been relaunched in 2012. Simon Gush manages the Shoe Shop and participates at the film workshop.
Marie-Hélène Gutberlet grew up in Germany, Benin and Switzerland. She graduated in history of art, philosophy and film studies at the Frankfurt University. In 2004, she published her dissertation, Auf Reisen, Afrikanisches Kino (African Cinema on the Road), which focuses on intercultural aspects of perception in African cinemas. She has largely published on, organised conferences about and programmed African and black cinema, experimental and documentary film. After many years in academia, she is now working as freelance writer and curator (Bamako, 2011 and Johannesburg, 2012). http://www.realtoreel.de/ http://www.migrationandmedia.com/index.htm
Marie-Hélène initiated Shoe Shop and together with Cara Snyman curates the project.
Stacy Hardy is a writer based in Cape Town. She holds the dual position of researcher and editor on the staff of the Pan-African journal Chimurenga (www.chimurenga.co.za). Her writing has appeared in a wide range of publications, among which Donga, Pocko Times (www.pocko.com/editions/the-pocko-times), Art South Africa, Ctheory (www.ctheory.net), Black Warrior Review (http://bwr.ua.edu/?p=1207), Evergreen Review (www.evergreenreview.com/current/fic_emperors_new_hose.shtml) and, of course, Chimurenga. Several of her short stories have been published in books, literary anthologies and catalogues. I Love You Jet Li, created in collaboration with Jaco Bouwer was part of the transmediale.06: video selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) selection and was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Festival Chileno Internacional Del Cortometraje De Santiago 2006. It is available on the DVD, IN/FLUX – Mediatrips from the African World (www.lowave.com). Her digital art work dis.grace (Watch on Youtube) was part of ‘Why Must a Black Writer Write About Sex’ at the Cape Town Library and Dada South, 2009 at the South African National Gallery (www.iziko.org.za/calendar/event/dada-south). A collection of her fiction is soon to be published by Pocko Books, London (www.pocko.com). Among her many current and future projects are a series of films and graphic novels – both solo works and co-productions with a broad variety of innovative creators. Stacy Hardy will participate with a lecture at the Shoe Shop (2 May); her film I Love You Jet Li (2006) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me. It is also available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in 1961 in Chad and is now a resident of France where he studied cinema and journalism. Amongst his critically acclaimed films are Bye Bye Africa (1999), Daratt (2006) and A Screaming Man (2010). He received an award for Best Cinematorgraphy for Abouna at the biggest African film festival FESPACO in 2003 whereas his third feature film Daratt was granted the Grand Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival. A highlight of his career came when his film A Screaming Man won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. We are showing Our father at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me on 30 May, 11 a.m. (in cooperation with Film + School).
Geraldine Hendler is a multimedia designer, photographer and art director, working under the name of Squareart for the past eight years. She designs for print and web and is passionate about photography and the visual image. Previously she spent seven years working in design agencies in the UK and the Netherlands, and has a strong background in design production. Merging the visual image with typography in book design is her latest passion. Geraldine Hendler designed the Shoe Shop look and project logo and lay-outed the Shoe Shop book, the film programme brochure and postcards.
Rangoato Hlasane & Malose Malahlela
Rangoato Hlasane & Malose Malahlela are the co-founders and co-directors of Keleketla! Library, an interdisciplinary library and media arts project based at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg. Originally launched with Bettina Malcomess, the duo created a space for alternative educational projects, linking school learners, higher education players, historians and young art practitioners. Over the past four years, Both have been exploring alternative methodologies through arts, media, literature, heritage and education projects at Keleketla! Library.
Malose Malahlela is a Johannesburg based creative practitioner equally interested in socially engaged art practices and the role the audience or community play in the creation and engagement of the work/processes. His practice is best exemplified through notable projects including Nonwane (through Wits School of Arts/Dislocating the Studio residency ), Skaftien and Stokvel (Transnational Skype Keynote Address to the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, USA; http://www.skaftien.org/). Malose has led two interactive talk-shops at the Department of Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Malose has a rich backgound in co-staging multi-disciplinary contemporary arts exhibitions and events at the Drill Hall linked to the context of the site (2008-12). In recent years sound has been a constant feature within his work and this lead to his current exploration of sound as an emerging theatre for the ear. Malose is a co-founder and co-director of Keleketla! Library.
Rangoato Hlasane is a visual artist, illustrator, DJ and organiser based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He recently completed a masters research project in Visual Arts (cum laude) from the University of Johannesburg, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. His dissertation was an investigation into the role of the arts in mobilising communities. Rangoato’s work has been shown at Work-Detroit gallery during his residency at the University of Michigan School of Art & Design as well as the Johannesburg Art Gallery Project Space. His design and illustration work include the public campaign for the one day only newspaper titled The Chronic by the Cape Town-based pan-African journal, Chimurenga.
He has facilitated and coordinated collaborative community based arts and development projects around South Africa over the last five years, most recently in Mafikeng and Welkom. Rangoato’s latest collaborative project, titled MADE IN MUSINA, is a formation of a community-led functional arts network in the small town of Musina, on the border of Zimbabwe. Rangoato acts on the advisory committee of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA), Gauteng. http://keleketla.org www.mmatseleng.com http://dislocatingthestudio.tumblr.com keleketla!
They both curate the parade and party at the Drill Hall, 6 May and for the event founded the Thath’I Cover Okestra.
Nadine Hutton is photojournalist who also practices as an artist in video, installation, intervention and performance art. Much of her work is concerned with social issues. She was chief photographer at the Mail & Guardian and is a Ruth First fellow, and was recently awarded an international artists’ residency by the Africa Centre. She has worked extensively with art projects and artists internationally, making collaborative works and producing video documentaries around art. Nadine Hutton is doing a documentary about Shoe Shop project and New Imaginaries.
Mika Kaurismäki was born in Finland in 1955. He studied cinema in Munich, Germany, (Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen) 1977-1981 and made his diploma film The Liar in 1980 in Finland. Together with his brother and some friends he founded the production company Villealfa Filmproductions that soon became a home of vital low- or no-budget filmmaking. Mika Kaurismäki’s films of this era include among others the road movies The Worthless (1982) and Rosso (1985), the action comedy Helsinki Napoli – All Night Long (1987) and the environmental adventure The Amazon (1990). Mika Kaurismäki co-founded the legendary Midnight Sun Film Festival (1986) and the distribution company Senso Films (1987) as well as the Andorra cinemas in Helsinki. His biggest production so far is the comedy La Without A Map (1998) and some of his recent box-office hits include Three Wise Men (2008), Vesku From Finland (2010) and Brothers (2011). His latest film Mama Africa (2011) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, walk with me and is available in the ‘film on demand section’ at the Shoe Shop.
Donna Kukama is a multimedia artist working in performance, video, text, and sound installations. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Ecole Cantonale d’Art du Valais in Sièrre (Swizzerland) in 2008, under MAPS (Masters of Art in the Public Sphere). Kukama has participated and performed in various local and international exhibitions and Art Fairs, including the Joburg Art Fair in 2009, Art Miami 2009, Arco Madrid 2010, FOCUS11 in Basel, and SUPERMARKET 2012, in Stockholm. She has been nominated for various art awards including the MTN New Contemporaries Award (SA) in 2010, as well as the Ernst Schering Award (Germany) in 2011. Together with Kemang Wa Lehulere, she co-founded the Johannesburg-based NON- NON Collective in 2010, and received a nomination for the Visible Award (IT) in 2011. She is creative researcher amongst a group of artists, curators, and writers at the Center for Historical Reenactments founded in 2010. Donna Kukama’s artistic practices often take on a form and character that is experimental, applying mothods that are deliberately undisciplined. As an artist whose interest is to occupy an existing canon, she uses performance as a strategy that allows her to invent as well as apply methods that are outside the canon of what is predictable or expected. She currently lives in Johannesburg, and is a faculty member at the Wits School of Arts. Donna Kukama participates with a sound installation and walk (19 May).
Brigitta Kuster is an artist, video/filmmaker researcher and writer. She is interested in migration, transnationality and (post)colonial politics as well as in gendered differences. Her many exhibitions and projects include Atelier Europa – Kunstverein München, Munich 2004; Projekt Migration – Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, CRITIQUE OF PURE IMAGE – Between Fake and Quotation – Art Today Association – Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv 2005; Notes on Archives – Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna 2007; Randzonen der Bilder – Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden 2009; Matter of Negotiation – Kunstpavillon – Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Innsbruck, Notes on memories – Galerie IG Bildende Kunst, Vienna 2010; together with Moise Merlin Mabouna, she participated in the project, Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photography and the representation of African migration, at the Musée de Bamako in 2011 with an installation. A selection of Brigitta Kuster and Moise Merlin Mabouna’s films are available in the ‘film on demand section’ at the Shoe Shop.
Moshekwa Langa was born in 1975 in Bakenberg, South Africa. His work has been included in several major exhibitions including travelling shows The Short Century and Africa Remix, the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003, the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 and the 29th São Paulo Biennale 2010. He has held numerous solo shows, in his home country at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as abroad at institutions such as the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center (2003) and MAXXI – Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo – in Rome (2005). He recently held a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, titled Marhumbini: In An Other Time (2011). His film Where do I begin? (2001) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna – walk with me. It is also available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Joan Legalamitlwa hails from Mahikeng, North West Province, South Africa. She is a film and media studies graduate from the University of Cape Town. She was director of Encounters, the South African International Documentary Film Festival, and has been involved in organising various other film events around South Africa, including the North West Film Festival; the Tri-Continental Film Festival and the Cape Town World Cinema Festival. She served on the Apollo Film Festival Documentary Jury in 2006; the first appearance jury of the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2009 and, recently, on the international jury of the Oberhausen Short Film Festival in 2011. Until recently, Legalamitlwa worked as film and video curator at the Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg. Joan Legalamitlwa and Marie-Hélène Gutberlet are the curators of the film programme at Bioscope and the ‘film on demand’ section.
Kitso Lelliott graduated from the Wits School of Arts in 2006 having majored in Photography. After working as a researcher on the South Africa National Broadcaster’s show Curious Culture she decided to pursue her love of visual storytelling and joined Blue Boy Films as an art director and photographer. She went back to Wits to pursue her Masters in film and television, the moving image becoming her medium of choice. Here she deepened her interests in telling stories from and about Africa in hopes of contributing to a tradition of filmmaking that develops more positive and productive images of a place that has been continually and repetitively imagined through limiting narratives, such as those of poverty, suffering and victimisation. She directed the short film The tailored Suit which premiered at the Tri-Continental Film Festival in South Africa in 2011. It has since traveled to a number of film festival including the Africa in Motion festival in Edinburg, Next Reel Film Festival in Singapore and Cine Sud in France. It is available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Angelika Levi was born in 1961 in Bonn/Bad-Godesberg, Germany. She graduated from the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB) in 1992. Her short film Faust Aufs Auge (1988, codirector: Antje Schäfer) won the No Budget Video Prize Hamburg, and Desiree & Polylepis (1994) were rated “high quality” by the German Film Classification Board in Wiesbaden. My Life Part 2, her first full-length documentary, won several prices and had its Premiere at the International Forum/Berlinale in 2003. In addition to making her own films, Angelika Levi works as a dramaturg, teacher and film editor. She realized Absent Present in 2010 and Anak-Anak Srikandi in 2012. We are showing Absent Present at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna – walk with me. It is also available in the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Bettina Malcomess works across disciplines as a writer, curator and artist. She is based in Johannesburg, currently teaching the Honours theory course at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Her work is performative, interdisciplinary and collaborative, engaging with public space and site-specificity. She co-curated the group show ‘Us’ with Simon Njami at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2009) and the South African National Gallery (2010). She has worked on several collaborative, curatorial and developmental projects with the Joubert Park Project, based at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg: you deserve the truth, a polygraph test conducted on various art world personalities, and the work you requested, a series of interventions at the Joburg Art Fair (2009). She collaboratively conceptualized set up the Keleketla! Library with Ra Hlasane at the Drill Hall. Malcomess is a member of the collective Doing it for Daddy (winners of Spier Contemporary 2007 From 2010-2011 she worked on a collaborative fellowship with Peter Van Heerden at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts based at the University of Cape Town to produce site-specific performance: Monument. In 2010 she produced the Millennium Bar in collaboration with several artists, a project that is ongoing. Malcomess often works in performance under the name Anne Historical. Bettina Malcomess participates with a performance entitled Shoe Shine, at the Shoe Shop opening (2 May) and will bring in parts of her Millennium Bar installation.
Khalo Matabane was born in South Africa and has directed numerous television documentaries, including Young Lions (2000), Love in the Time of Sickness (2002), and the feature documentaries Story of a Beautiful Country (2004) and Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon (2006). He directed the 4 x 52 minute television drama series, When We Were Black (2008), set during the Soweto student uprisings of 1976. He directed his first fiction feature film State of Violence in 2011. Khalo is currently directing the political television drama series 90 Plein Street. Khalo Matabane participates at the film workshop; his film Conversaotin on a Sunday afternoon (2005) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, walk with me and is also available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Princess Zinzi Mhlongo
Princess Zinzi Mhlongo is the founder of Tick Tock Productions a dynamic entertainment company that lives by the slogan There’s a time for everything. She made her professional debut as a director at the State Theatre and has since then has worked with the Market Theatre, GoetheOnMain, National Arts Festival to name a few. Directing productions such as And The Girls In Their Sunday Dresses by Zakes Mda, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane and recently creating her first production Trapped. She has also worked on a number of community upliftment projects as a mentor for young directors. MHLONGO has been selected to be one of four young directors from all over the world taking part in the Salzburg Austria’s young Directors Project for 2012 where she will be taking her production TRAPPED. She is the Standard Bank Young Artist winner for Theatre 2012. Princess Mhlongo manages the parade from Braamfontein to Drill Hall and the 6 May event.
Idrissou Mora-Kpai was born 1967 in Dahomey (today Republic of Benin). He left country at the age of 19 and sejourned some time in Algeria and Italy before moving to Germany. He studied Film at the Film and Television School of Babelsberg, Berlin. After moving to Paris in 1999 he realises his first and internationally acclaimed feature documentary Si-Gueriki, the queen mother (2002) and sets up his own production compagny, MKJ Films. Idrissou Mora-Kpai is director, and executive producer. His filmography includes a couple of short films and documentaries: Ausländer (1994), Fugace (1996), Fake soldier (1998). In 2005 he produced and directed the documentary film Arlit, A second Paris about Arlit, former Uranium city, North of Niger and the large expatriate community bringing together the stories of migrant workers from the 1970s and today’s travellers to Europe. Idrissou Mora-Kpai participates at the film workshop; Indochina, traces of a mother runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me; his film Arlit, A second Paris (2005) is available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Vanessa Nica Mueller
Vanessa Nica Mueller was born in Munich, Germany. She studied Film at the HbK in Hamburg and Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. In 2010 she was an artist in Residence at the Digital Arts Studios, Belfast/Nordirlan. She is a filmmaker and media artist who lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. In 2008 she founded the group cameracartell (Platform for experimental film and video art). Some of her films include: Ophelia (2002); Maybe a Story (2005); Don’t Sleep (2007); House Is Home (2009); Memories of a Sleepless Man (2010). Her film Traces of an Elephant (2011) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me and is available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Durban based Madoda Ncayiyana directed the short film, The Sky in Her Eyes (2003), which was awarded the Djibril Diop Mambety Prize for Best African Short Film at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival. He has directed documentaries for SABC, a long-running SABC children’s series, and helped develop and direct the first-ever radio element of South Africa’s inaugural Takalani Sesame series with the New York-based Sesame Workshop. Ncayiyana has a background in theatre, as a director, actor, writer and co-founder of Theatre for Africa, winning honours such as the prestigious Scotsman Award at the Edinburgh festival and awards at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. My secret sky (2009) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, walk with me and is available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Serge Alain Nitegeka
Serge Alain Nitegeka was born in Burundi in 1983. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2009 and is currently finishing his Master’s degree at the University of the Witwatersrand. He won the Robert Hodgins Prize at Wits University in 2008. He was selected for the 20th edition of the Biennale Dak’Art 2010 and awarded a Fondation Jean-Paul Blachère prize. Group exhibitions include Time’s Arrow at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010) and Beyond the Line at the Goethe-Institut Johannesburg (2008). In 2010, Serge Alain Nitegeka won the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts. He was a festival artist at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in 2011.
His work is very much concerned with pressure and weight as forces of public space as well as in the physical body in movement. Serge Alain Nitegeka will do a walking performance (26 May).
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi was born in New York City. She has lived in Johannesburg on and off since the early 1990s. She studied painting and African Studies at Harvard College and did an MFA in video, photography and related media from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is a painter, video artist and filmmaker who divides her time between her studio work and collaborative practice. She is currently an artist in residence at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios in Johannesburg. http://borderfarm.blogspot.com/p/about-us.html
Her film Border Farm (2011) will be screened at the Shoe Shop in her attendance (15 May) and is also available at the ‘film on demand’ section.
Musa Nxumalo was born in Soweto in 1986, and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. Between 2006 and 2008, he completed foundation and intermediate photography courses at the Market Photo Workshop while also working as a course assistant. He has also participated in several photography master classes, including Borders, hosted by the Market Photo Workshop and in portfolio readings hosted by Goethe-Institut in 2009 during Bamako Encounters and in 2010 at the Addis Foto Festival. Nxumalo is the 4th recipient of the Edward Ruiz Mentorship (2008); winner of 2nd prize in the visual arts category of the MTN CIT:Y (2009) and 1st prize in the visual arts category of the Impact Award for young professionals (2010). http://www.musanxumalo.com/; ultrabastard.tumblr.com; ultrabastard.blogspot.com/. Musa Nxumalo participates at the exhibition in public space and the photo workshop.
Andy Amadi Okoroafor
Andy Amadi Okoroafor is creative director and filmmaker, a classicist, but loves experimentation and style. His work experience is rooted in art, fashion, cinema, music & publishing. Born in Nigeria, Andy moved to France and studied cinema. After filming a documentary on young Parisian fashion in the 1990s, he started working for fashion houses and the French salon de prêt à porter; art directing catwalk shows, catalogues and campaigns. A long term art directing collaboration with 1990s Paris hot brand Xuly Bet soon followed. Brands and fairs, from moda barcelona, who’s next to kookai, Nolita and Virgin France and others have benefited from his art direction.
His work in art has covered videos for the Museum of Modern Art in Monaco to the Yavuz fine art gallery in Singapore. In 2000 Andy Amadi Okoroafor founded Clam magazine, a creative publication about people, arts, fashion and lifestyle. He is still the editor and creative director of Clam magazine. Taking the time to go back cinema, his first love, he wrote, directed and produced Relentless. It was selected for the BFI London Film Festival and was presented during the Berlinale 2011. Andy Amadi Okoroafor is a Ted Fellow. He participates at the film workshop; Relentless runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me and is also available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Akin Omotoso is a filmmaker based in Johannesburg. He is a drama studies graduate from the University of Cape Town and is one of the three owners of T.O.M Pictures, a production company that has produced a number of award winning South African TV shows. As an actor he has appeared in the films Blood diamonds (2006), Shake hands with the devil (2007) as well as on the TV series Jacob’s cross (2007/2011). His films include the shorts Rifle Road (2005) and Jesus and the giant (2008); the documentaries Gathering the scattered cousins (2006) and Wole Soyinka: child of the forest (2009) while his first feature film was God is African (2003). His film Man on Ground (2011) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me and is also available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
George Osodi, born in Lagos 1974, is a Nigerian photographer from Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State, Nigeria. He studied business administration at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, before working as a photojournalist for the local press, and for the Associated Press News Agency in Lagos from 2001 to 2008. In 2007 he was selected to show at Documenta12, after which his work has been exhibited in museums and institutions around the world, and also acquired by important collections. George Osodi participates at the exhibition in public space.
Lesley Perkes is CEO of AAW! Art Project Management, Lesley is an arts-activist, performer, writer and producer with a focus on the arts in public space. Responsible for the production of hundreds of permanent and temporary installations across disciplines of the arts, Lesley says working on SHOE SHOP has been fantastic “for the company to find itself working with the Goethe Institute on a public project that has a sense of mischief and guerilla installation about it. It’s rare for us to find a client that says they will support us having to say sorry afterwards rather than find ourselves in too many committee meetings. We are happy to be part of this beautiful project and we are sure it will get people walking.” www.artatwork.co.za/.
Riaan Pietersen started his career off in 2000 doing web design before he realised his potential as a web developer. He is a specialist Actionscripter, proficient in jQuery development, Speaks PHP and MySQL and tends to various other technical intricacies that include problem solving, planning, system design and project management. Since 2004 Riaan Pietersen has been the Technical Director at Weekday Heroes which he co-owns. For more information, please go to http://www.weekdayheroes.co.za/. Riaan Pietersen and Tegan Bristow designed the Shoe Shop website and will do a presentation on their work at the Shoe Shop (25 May).
Lisl Ponger was born in Nürnberg, Germany in 1947. She received her higher education at the Research Institute of Vienna, Austria. Her film credits include the short films Imago mundi – Challenging what is accepted (2007) Phantom Foreign Vienna (2004), Semiotic Ghosts (1990), flashes of light (1988), Substantial shadows (1987), Tendencies to exist (1984) and Space time equals – far freaking out (1979). Lisl Ponger has won a number of awards for her work including, the 2003 Lower Austrian National Award for Visual Arts. In 1998-99 and 2001-02 she was a visiting Professor of Artistic Photography at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Lisl Ponger currently lives in Vienna where she works as a visual artist specialising in film and photography. She participated in the project, Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photography and the representation of African migration, at the Musée de Bamako in 2011. Her film Passages (1996) runs at The Bioscope in the film programme Gata le nna, Walk with me (20 May); déjà-vu (1999) is available at the ‘film on demand’ section at the Shoe Shop.
Jürgen Schadeberg was born in Germany and he emigrated to South Africa in 1950. He was chief photographer, picture editor and art director on Drum Magazine, photographing pivotal moments in the fifties, showing the life and struggle of South Africans during apartheid. His work tracks key moments such as the Defiance Campaign of 1952, the Treason Trial of 1958, the Sophiatown Removals and the Sharpeville Funeral in 1960. His images also capture key personalities and events in the jazz and literary world, such as the Sophiatown jazz scene with Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Kippie Moeketsi. Between 1964 and 1985, Schadeberg left South Africa for London, then Spain, New York and France and during the Sixties and Seventies freelanced as a photojournalist. He also taught at the New School in New York, the Central School of Art and Design in London and the Kunsthochschule in Hamburg, and curated several major exhibitions. His work has been shown all over the world in numerous exhibitions. http://jurgenschadeberg.com/
Jürgen Schadeberg contributes to the project with a postcard available at the Shoe Shop.
Thabiso Sekgala was born in 1981 in Soweto. In 2008, he completed his foundation and intermediate certificate in photography at the Market Photo Workshop; was part of the project, Borders, at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, as well as the Masterclass, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg. He was awarded a Tierney Fellowship 2010; received an honorable mention in the Ernest Cole Award and was nominated for the Paul Huff Award in 2011. ‘As a young photographer I am interested in the social shifts in my communities, and in the issues of geographical politics and the politics surrounding the issue of land ownership in South Africa. My work is a study in how young people relate to the land and their landscape. In my ongoing body of work, titled Homeland, I use photography to document the former homelands. I am exploring how people have created relationships with their environments and how they identify themselves to them. I believe in the idea of images created by us, the idea of self-imaging and self-imagining.’ http://thabisosekgala.com/ Thabiso Sekgala participates at the exhibition in public space and with a blog.
Penny Siopis was born in 1953 in Vryburg, South Africa. She has an MFA from Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1976), and is an honorary professor at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She works in painting, photography, film/video and installation. Her work since the 1970s has covered different foci, but her interest in what she calls the ‘poetics of vulnerability’ characterises all her explorations, from her earlier engagements with history, memory and migration to her later concerns with shame, violence and sexuality. She has exhibited widely, both in South Africa and internationally. Penny Siopis will show her experimental films at the Shoe Shop (18 May).
Cara Snyman was born in 1981 in Pretoria. After completing her fine art studies, she worked as a journalist and art director for various publications and independent projects, notably as the regional editor of online publication Artthrob. Since 2008, she has been working in the programme department of Goethe-Institut Johannesburg, managing visual arts projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Cara Snyman is co-curator of the Shoe Shop project together with Marie-Hélène Gutberlet.
Amadou Sow, born in 1975, studied to be a social training leader and has, since 2007, been on the staff at Maison Africaine de la Photographie (MAP) in Bamako. As an artist, Sow trained at Institut National des Arts Bamako (INA), where he graduated in 2002 before going on to study at Cadre de Promotion pour la Formation en Photographie (CFP), also in Bamako. He has been taking photographs since 1992, been an intern at Musée National du Mali, at Ecole de Vevey and at a newspaper in Lausanne – the latter two both in Switzerland. Since 2004, he has taken part in group-shows in Bamako, Barcelona and Washington, and has also participated in the project, Visual Griots. Alongside his own photographic work, Sow curates exhibitions at MAP and throughout Mali. He participated in the project, Staying and Leaving/Toso any ka taka: Photography and the representation of African migration, at the Musée de Bamako in 2011 as curator and photographer. http://www.fotoafrica.org/
Amadou sow participates at the exhibition in public space and the photo workshop.
Jean Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet
Jean Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, the “Straubs”, as both are oftenly referred as, are among the most controversial, most inspiring, uncompromised and yet widely unknown filmmakers of both the presence and the history of cinema. Their films span over five decades and cover a wide range of topics, references and materials from arts, literature, theatre, and music.
Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet have worked together very closely over 40 years until Danièle Huillet’s death in October 2006. From the early 1960ies till to date their radical modernist approach towards filmmaking allowed them to create almost 30, very diverse films of an outstanding political sharpness; they treated and transformed literature by Kafka, Pavese and Hölderlin, as well as the paintings of Cezanne, cantatas by Bach and operas by Schönberg while they kept developing a distinct visual language based on a deep respect and a faithful belief in the complicated autonomy of images.
Born in Lorraine, living in Germany, Italy and France and making films in French, German and Italian language, the filmmakers themselves represent an important thread of European film history. Due to their insistance on the highest possible technical quality, they brought together the best technicians, cinematographers and sound-editors, who made possible, for instance, the live recording of an orchestra while shooting a scene. While working with prestigious theatre actors as well as non-professional actors their accuracy in respect to almost every uttered syllable is legendary. This way they were able to match aesthetic vision and excellent technical quality, one of the main characteristics of their work. See also http://straub-huillet.net/
Thath’i Cover Okestra
Thath’i Cover Okestra is: Mngomezulu Neku on bass, Tito Zwane on electric bass guitar, Zweli Mthembu on rhythm guitar, Nkosinathi Mathunjwa on keyboard, Kgomotso Mamaila on vocals, Tiko Ngobeni on percussions and didgeridoo, RubyGold on vocals, Gwyza on vocals, Mma Tseleng on electronics, Sibusiso Galaweni on drums and Tebogo Mokoena on saxophone.
Thath’i Cover Okestra will play with the Alexandra Fieldband at the parade and party on 6 May. www.mmatseleng.com/
Audrey Wainwright is a project and office management whiz woman. She is the spreadsheet queen of AAW! and completes forms without complaint for which she deserves medals. Inbetween crossing t’s and dotting i’s, she sticks her sensitive nose into problems and says “what about this?” and we all realise that if we didn’t think of that we would be in serious trouble. Audrey’s systematic approach to management is manifest in serious skills in information and financial expertise that does not lose its sense of humour or creative possibility. She is fantastic to work with and she did the production management for nearly all printed matters. www.artatwork.co.za/.
Guy Woueté lives and works in Antwerp and abroad. He was born in Douala, Cameroon, in 1980 and trained in art and multimedia at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Wouete’s work is an exploration into the finite and infinite, transcending the limitations of formal academic training and other boundaries by employing a more experimental approach. Wouete’s artworks seek to transcribe the spontaneity of emotions, such as the humming of a child while eating, or the powerful gestures of a street sweeper. His work is shown worldwide at biennials, festivals, museums and galleries, including Video art from Africa curated by Kisito Assangni in the framework of Cologne OFF 2011 at Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia; VAF 1 From Africa, Video Art Festival in Yorkshire, UK (2011); 20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (2011), Lines of wind, SBK Galerie 23, Amsterdam, (2010); CrunchTime 2010, art festival, York, UK (2010); Algerian National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Algiers (2009); the 10th Havana Biennial, Cuba (2009); The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York (2009) ; Spot on Dak’art, ifa-galerie, Berlin and Stuttgart (2009); Forms and topographies: African Cityscape in Flux, 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece (2009); Bamako Biennial of African Photography, Mali (2009) ; 7th and 8th editions of the Dak’art Biennial, Senegal, (2006/2008); Africa Now!, World Bank, Washington DC (2008) and Vanity, Modern Art Museum, Medellin, Colombia (2006). Guy Woueté participates at the exhibition in public space and at the workshops.