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YOUNG ARTIST’S PROJECT SEMINAR 2006 (article first published : 2006-05-21)

In 2002, the KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts Gallery (KZNSA) Gallery introduced the Young Artists Project (YAP) as a platform for new work and experimental practice in the city of Durban. Funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, it invites four artists annually to present a first solo exhibition. On completion of each cycle a small format project catalogue is launched and the project is concluded with a seminar, to discuss relevant and topical issues in the contemporary art world.

Some 16 artists have participated since the inception of the programme and many continue to make an impact on the contemporary art scene in South Africa. Artists who have participated in the project include Thando Mama, Jan-Henri Booyens, Hlengiwe Lushaba, Dineo Bopape, Vaughn Sadie, Mlu Zondi and Anawana Haloba amongst others.

The KZNSA will present the fourth annual Young Artist’s Project (YAP) Seminar on May 26 at the Diakonia Centre, Durban. Marking the end of the YAP exhibitions programme of four artists, the event is titled Unpacking the Contemporary: Views on Visual Arts Practice in a Developing Context. The keynote speaker confirmed for the event is leading contemporary African art critic and curator, NíGonè Fall from Senegal. Other presenters include Nandipha Mntambo, Storm Janse van Rensburg, Nathi Gumede and Themba Shibase. The session will be chaired by Nontobeko Ntombela, curator of the Durban Institute of Technology Art Gallery.

The seminar follows four solo exhibitions by Colleen Alborough, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Bronwyn Lace and Peter Van Heerden, providing an opportunity to reflect on the exhibitions presented during the year. It also offers a space for discussion and networking and is both a celebration of the artists participating, as well as an opportunity to tackle issues relevant to the local artworld. An attempt is also made to reference and reflect on topical discussions and engagements within a larger continental/international context.

Unpacking the Contemporary: Experimental Visual Arts Practice in a Developing Context is a working title to engender discussion around the framing of current visual arts practice and its discourse in South Africa specifically and Africa generally. In recent years a debate has circulated in the South African artworld around the use of the phrase “contemporary”. It is seen by many to indicate a censorious injunction, excluding more traditional and formal activities, and that it is descriptive of exclusive practice aligned with academically trained practitioners.

However, it is not intended for discussions to be bogged down by a squabble around terminology but rather to interrogate the place and space for innovation and experimentation in a socio-economic context that offer little capacity for the presentation and dissemination of new and challenging work. What is the role of artists within this conundrum and how do we validate our practice in light of more demanding social responsibilities? What is contemporary art in Africa and how do we develop networks and support to sustain these activities?

The Seminar is open to the public on May 26 from 08h45 to 14h00 and entrance is free. The Diakonia Centre is situated at 20 St. Andrew’s Street, Durban, and safe parking is available. Large groups must book with Ida Heydenrych, administrator of the KZNSA Gallery, on 031 277 1702 or e-mail: gallery@kznsagallery.co.za

Other bookings through convenor and project curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 083 287 6856 or e-mail: storms@polka.co.za or KZNSA Gallery Curator Nathi Gumede on 031 202 3686 or e-mail: curator@kznsagallery.co.za




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