Artistic intersections at 2012 NAFNational Arts Festival
Artistic intersections at 2012 NAF
The National Arts Festival Visual Art programme sees a trend of inter-linking exhibitions, site-specific performances and a break away from conventional spaces.
The film programme will once again be crammed with esoteric world cinema highlights, South African films and opportunities to see some recent movie-house successes. The 38th National Arts Festival runs from 28 June to 8 July in Grahamstown this year.
Mikhael Subotzky, the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art, will present an entirely new body of work centred on a four-channel film installation. Photographic, video and installation works will complete his exhibition Retinal Shift, which investigates the practice and mechanics of looking, in relation to the history of Grahamstown, the history of photographic devices, and Subotzky’s own history as an artist. He will also be collaborating with Athi-Patra Ruga on a performance piece entitled Performance Obscura, linking Subotzky’s Young Artist exhibition to others on the Main programme.
Making Way curated by Ruth Simbao also forges new physical, social and conceptual pathways. Presented in three venues: the Alumni Gallery, the Provost and Fort Selwyn; but curated as one exhibition, it includes installation, photography, print, painting, video, animated film, and performances by Randolph Hartzenberg, Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Athi-Patra Ruga and Gerald Machona.
Maureen de Jager’s Maria’s Story is a mixed-media exhibition which traces a story spanning four generations, and engages with a particular period in South Africa’s history. In Venus at Home, curated by Les Cohn, Usha Seejarim straddles her distinctly female roles as home-maker/housewife/mother, and artist, with a body of work that uses ordinary household objects to depict the female body as seen in art history. Clare Menck’s retrospective exhibition, A Hidden Life Exposed, represents two decades of documentation of her own life as she, too, grapples with her different and changing roles.
Cedric Nunn’s exhibition Call and Response, curated by Jacob Lebeko and presented by Sieppel Galleries, features his photographs from the late 1970s to the present day, with a focus on the people of KwaZulu-Natal and neighbouring Mozambique.
“My Freedom, My Expression” is presented by the Eastern Cape Department of Sports Recreation, Arts & Culture and reflects on the last one hundred years of the struggle for freedom, and how artists armed with their canvases and paints, cameras and screens, sharpened the sensitivity of the communities in which they lived.
Re-imagine Concrete is presented by PPC and celebrates 21 years of their commitment to supporting artists and non-governmental service organisations.
The Festival will feature three South African premieres of international films - both of director Robin Hardy’s films, The Wicker Tree and The Wicker Man; and Monte Hellman’s Road to Nowhere.
This year’s retrospective shines a spotlight on the activist cinema of Peter Watkins, whose son Patrick will represent his work at the Festival and lead pre- and post-screening discussions. The Watkins retrospective will include The Diary of an Unknown Soldier, The Forgotten Faces, Culloden, The War Game, Privilege, The Gladiators, Punishment Park, Edvard Munch, Evening Land, La Commune and The Freethinker.
12 Amaz!ng is a series of some of the best cinema drawn from films made in Brazil, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany, Kenya, USA, China, Italy and Belgium, and will provide cine enthusiasts with an opportunity to get a glimpse into the contemporary cinema of Poland - the country which given Roman Polanski to the world. The South African film series will feature Black Butterflies, Breathe Again, My Hunter’s Heart, The Last Lion, Man on the Ground, Material, Skeem, Snare and 31 Million Reasons.
Bookings for this year’s “11 Days of Amaz!ng” open in May. Tickets are available through Computicket. Booking kits will be available from selected Standard Bank branches, selected Exclusive Books and Computicket branches from May. For more information on the programme, accommodation and travel options visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za. Also join the National Arts Festival group on Facebook for all the latest news, or follow us on Twitter.
The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, City Press and M-Net.
About the National Arts Festival: The National Arts Festival, now in its 38th year, has proved its sustainability and has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Its objectives are to deliver excellence; encourage innovation and development in the arts by providing a platform for both established and emerging South African artists; create opportunities for collaboration with international artists; and build new audiences.
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Dates: Thursday, 27th June 2013 - Sunday, 7th July 2013