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ETHEKWINI TABLEAUX VIVANTS 2005 (article first published : 2005-06-15)

Carmen Anderson of the Creative Space is currently working with the organisers of the events planned for the Youth Day celebrations on June 16 at the Skatepark, on Durban’s beach front, with regards to using the space and the event to create another in a series of the eThekwini Tableaux Vivants.

The tableaux series was launched on a green carpet up the steps of the Durban City Hall on the two nights at which the DDC met The Red Eye in May this year and it is planned that the tableaux will migrate to various other venues in Durban city during 2005.

eThekwini Tableaux, based on the archetypal draped women series by Henry Moore, is a particular attention seeking device, which will draw in members of the crowd in any setting,” explains Carmen Anderson. “Therefore, the nomadic tableaux vivant creates a focal point in a series of life drawings consisting of all of which inhabits the space framed within the framework of the city of Durban at the time of the installation, telling stories of the citizens, the individuals who come together in public spaces.

“It is a layered piece, with many and varied connotations. The tableau series engages in subjective discourse about issues of life in the city and attempts to prompt questions such as who owns territories and who has access to them? There is great emphasis on the notion of ‘citizenship’, and why one would feel like a citizen or why one would not,” Carmen adds.

The slogan “Man can live and function without his arms and legs” carries a message of collaboration, interdependence, fellowship and the welfare of humanity as a whole. The eThekwini Tableaux project is an effort to bring art out into public space in a fun and playful way, in order to demonstrate that there is healing to be done in the act of creativity.

Carmen will be documenting the process throughout the year for a major exhibition and would like to investigate the possibility of creating a website and other means of feeding the “happy imagery” back into the public eye after the events.

Contact The Creative Space at PO Box 1444 Pinetown, 3629, or phone 031 266 7438 or 084 511 6989 or e-mail carmena@kaymac.co.za




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