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BLACK AND WHITE COPIES (article first published : 2001-08-24)

Black and White Copies is an artist project initiated by Angolan-born, Dutch artist Miguel Petchkovsky in connection with the International Conference Against Racism. As the title of the project suggests, it looks at interrogating notions around identity – race, authenticity, original and copy. The very questions: “who am I?” or “to whom and where?” are especially pertinent to Petchovsky whose name is of Portuguese and Russian descent and who is considered white in Angola while black in Portugal.

This project is however not about Petchkovsky – as here he sees his role more as “artistic director”– in as much as he has set up the parameters within which he has invited the public, art students and professional artists to respond. Simply - he has hired a black and white photocopy machine that will be located at the Thekwini Business Development Centre, 127 Alice Street.

All are invited to come and make a maximum of 10 free photocopies between August 26 and 28. In return, one copy is asked as a contribution to the project that will see a collation of these photocopies assembled into a publication of sorts.

This compilation promises to be an interesting mix of “copies” in which the varying interpretations of original, authentic and identity in the context of Durban, South Africa, in the moment that it hosts the International Conference Against Racism, 2001.

Black and White Copies accompanies the exhibition Amazwi Abesifazane (Voices of Women) which is organised by Andries Botha under the banner of the non-profit visual arts organisation Create Africa South.

Petchofsky will collaborate with Durban artists, students and the general public to realise this project. More information from Miguel on (031) 201-7000 or Storm on (031) 202-3686.




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