Nine Urban Biotopes: living and working in Berlin

July 17th, 2014. So here I am, in Berlin, on the 10th day of my 3 month long residency as one of the 9 artists participating in the European /South African exchange project, Nine Urban Biotopes . I have to find a hook for a new participatory project within the work (and in the neighbourhood) of an organisation here called id22: Institute for Creative Sustainability, whose focus is on urban sustainability and cooperative – housing cultures. In searching for my project and more particularly, to find out where I am, I went to see an extraordinary room-sized 3D architect’s model of the city after reunification at the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment. And I met Mr. Ralf Dehne who was the civil servant (as he called himself) sitting behind the desk. In exchange for a good recipe from my country (and the only other African he had ever met was from North Africa and she gave him a recipe for grilled grasshoppers), he said he would help me source photographs and records of the area upon which my project is based, going back 100 years. I thought a good recipe for Mopane worms would be in keeping with grasshoppers, but will have to think of something else that I myself, actually cook and eat. Bobotie? He also told me he was a keen genealogist, and that he found people for people. Who wrote to him from all over the world. “They are usually looking for dead people, or for their graves”. When I thanked him for his generosity, he said it was a mirror of my own. I fell in love with him... read more

Public Intimacy: Art and other ordinary acts in South Africa

A group exhibition from South Africa, jointly organized by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) March 26th, 2014. I’ve just returned from San Francisco where I participated in SFMOMA’s Visual Activism symposium, which explored the relationship between activist practices and visual culture. This was part of the public programming designed to run along with the “Public Intimacy” show. My presentation, Acts of Intimate Exposure was about the making of the Hotel Yeoville project (and the tension that existed, between social and aesthetic narratives), and then more specifically, about the context and the meaning of the photographic images that were produced, through a year,  in our automated photo-booth. Read more about the  Public Intimacy show here.   Download PDF Entry wall Window view Artist... read more

Interrogation Series: Storefront for Art, Architecture, New York, NY

September 24th, 2013. Hotel Yeoville Book Launch Event at The Storefront for Art and Architecture In New York.  The Storefront for Art and Architecture is a space, and a platform committed to the advancement and intersection of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. Their program of exhibitions, artists talks, film screenings, conferences and publications is intended to generate dialogue and collaboration across geographic, ideological and disciplinary boundaries. “The Interrogation Series develops questions and interviews between institutionalized modes of inquiry and/or emerging discourses. The events aim to produce multiple methodologies of inquiry and ultimately extract a confession or obtain information from certain suspects in relation to a particular crime [book, building, photograph, thought,…] through a series of arguments, questions and [hopefully] answers”. Participating in this series, Columbia University Professors Mabel Wilson and Mario Gooden (of the GSAPP) ‘interrogated’ me, after an introduction by Fourthwall Books, (Johannesburg) Publisher & Editor, Bronwyn Law-Viljoen. Read more... read more