Art-iculate with Shahidul Alam

3pm, 8 December 2009


We take great pride in inviting you on this special day to join us as we celebrate our 2nd anniversary and to the final programme of Art-iculate with a keynote lecture by an inspirational and internationally renowned photographer Shahidul Alam, managing director of Drik Photo Agency, one of the most important photography organisations in the Asian Region.   Mr Alam’s visit is all the more auspicious as it launches our 2010 focus on Photography with the ambitious and innovative fine art photography workshop under the title of On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise. 

A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry at London University before switching to photography. He returned to his hometown Dhaka in 1984, where he photographed the democratic struggle to remove General Ershad. A former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the award winning Drik agency, the Bangladesh Photographic Institute and Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. 

Art-iculate with Brazilian Curator Solange Farkas

3pm, 28 March 2009

You are invited to what is going to be a fascination insight into contemporary art in Brazil. Ms Solange Farkas is an internationally respected curator with a special interest in exploring relations between Brazil and Africa with Nigeria especially.

A curator renowned for her role in researching and nurturing the production of contemporary art from the southern circuit, Solange Farkas has been the director of Associação Cultural Videobrasil since 1991, and of the Museum of Modern Art of Bahia since 2007. She is in charge of the International Electronic Art Festival SESC_Videobrasil, of contemporary art publication Caderno Videobrasil, of the Videobrasil Authors Collection documentary series, and of one of South America’s largest electronic art collections. The holder of a degree in journalism, she created the Videobrasil in 1982 to showcase the then-emerging local production. In twenty years, with the support of partners such as SESC São Paulo and the Dutch Prince Claus Fund, she transformed the event into a point of convergence and a channel for dissemination of production from South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Oceania, as well as an international reference centre for electronic art.

A member of the board of curators at the Nam June Paik Award and of the board for the Network Partnerships program of the Dutch Prince Claus Fund, which implements cultural and social actions worldwide, she was awarded the Sergio Motta Hors Concours Prize in 2004 for her contribution to electronic art.

From shack to chic: Monna Mokoena, Director Gallery Momo, Johannesburg

3pm, 14 February 2009

Monna Mokoena is a highly respected and innovative curator, well known on the South African arts landscape. He also established Gallery MOMO in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2003. MOMO not only exhibits but also represents leading contemporary South African and international artists. Mokoena’s focus is on contemporary work that stretches boundaries, nurturing a global platform for our continent’s extraordinary creative impetus. 

As an independent curator Mokoena also undertakes commissioned projects. Corporate clients, architects, designers, government departments and many artists have worked with him to develop art strategies and processes that align with organisational objectives. He enjoys collaborating and bringing substantial knowledge of the arts in South Africa and worldwide to the table. On an ongoing basis, he is involved in the management of various art collections as well as sitting on various boards in an advisory capacity.

The founding of Gallery MOMO – “From shack to chic”. 
There is no arguing that the commercial gallery sector in Africa remains negligible, with little or no visibility within the globally art marketplace.

In South Africa there are a growing number of private galleries, small and large operating on professional international standards. 

From shack to chic will talk about the South African gallery sector focusing on the birth and growth of MOMO Gallery. It will present its portfolio of artists, its exhibitions and projects. It will also talk about the way in which it is building a slow and steady national and international visibility not only for the gallery but also its artists.

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