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JAY PATHER ON SPIER CONTEMPORARY (article first published : 2007-11-14)

The Spier Contemporary is a project of the Africa Centre, a NGO dedicated to supporting and celebrating the rich history and contemporary practice of African arts and culture.

Five to seven award “winners” will share R700,000 to advance their artistic careers in the inaugural Spier Contemporary, South Africa’s largest national exhibition in 2007/2008. An overwhelming response of 2,147 works were submitted, 100 of which have been selected for final judging.

Former KZN choreographer and director Jay Pather is among the judges. Knowing the South African art scene well, he was impressed by the KZN input to the Spier Contemporary: “The work proffered by KZN is provocative, topical, fiercely relevant and searching, in ways that only KZN can be. Themba Shibase's Wena Wendlovu for example, takes on post colonial corruption with insight and assertion and Andries Gouws delivers some of his most moving work yet.”

While the input was impressive, Jay feels that the KZN presence could have been stronger. “I think that we have many more prolific artists with voices that speak to the nation but were not forthcoming.

“Generally, the quality of the KZN entrants was of a high standard,” he adds. “However, presentation in many instances was strangely incomplete and unresolved. I felt that some proposals took for granted issues of clarity and lucidity in presentation. So the idea might have been good, but left too many questions unanswered.

“There was a wider representation demographically. Also there was a good representation of languages and media. I must say, I was disappointed that there was only one performance art proposal. Hopefully this will grow. But there was good representation of the more traditional media: painting and sculpture, for example, and some provocative new media/installation work.”

The Spier Contemporary will be launched at the Spier Estate in Cape Town on December 12 and will later move to the Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Durban Art Gallery in 2008. More information from Greta Wilson on 083 491 7236 or e-mail: greta@wam.co.za




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