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ALL ABOUT ART (article first published : 2004-10-27)

On October 27 at 22h00, M-Net is to screen a documentary titled All About Art on The Brett Kebble Art Awards.

Witness the jubilation, relief, frustration and disappointment as South Africa’s top artists battle it out for the country’s premier artistic accolade. The documentary charts the gruelling process spanning 12 months of planning, selection, artistic endeavour, passion, joy, struggle, arguments and the best that South African artists have to offer.

Follow the selection team and curators across South Africa as they attempt to put together the biggest and most exciting exhibition of contemporary visual art ever seen in South Africa, culminating in the Awarding of the coveted “Kebble”.

The Brett Kebble Art Awards ceremony on October 16 was the culmination of 12 months of gruelling process – creative planning, artistic endeavour, logistic challenges, passion, joy, disappointment, struggles, arguments and the best SA artists have to offer.

All About Art is a documentary that follows this process: from artists submitting their works for selection until the award ceremony. The film shows behind-the-scenes workings of creating South Africa’s biggest art awards. It follows curator Clive van den Berg and his team of selectors and co-curators as they set about the arduous task of selecting works for the exhibition. Of the over 2097 submissions countrywide, approximately 237 artworks made it to the prestigious exhibition at the CTICC.

One of the aims of the Brett Kebble Art Awards is to be inclusive of all art forms. This means that works on the exhibition span from high-tech digital design and new media installations to meticulously handcrafted ceramics, beadwork and tapestry.

The film features some of the finalists whose work was selected for the awards and moves from the urban hub of Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria to the rural villages of Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. Through the stories of these artists the film unearths something about contemporary the South African thinking - if there is there such a thing. What are South African artists expressing in 2004? What are the issues that affect them? What mediums do they explore? What dreams? Why art?

Communication, shifting identities, preserving cultural heritage, history, traditional African values versus popular contemporary culture, HIV/Aids, sexuality, media, political hype, technology and a fresh sense of humour emerge from the artworks. The documentary integrates the artists’ stories, thoughts and visions with visuals of artworks and the South African landscape in which they reside.

The result is a richly layered film which reflects contemporary South African society against the backdrop of the Brett Kebble Art Awards. Produced by Plexus Films, the documentary is directed by Miki Redelinghuys who does some of the camera work along with Tim Wege. Assistant director is Bongo Marala and Matthew Brown was the editor.

For more information contact 021 761 0549 or e-mail art@barritt.co.za or visit www.bkaa.co.za




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