THE KZNSA Gallery in Bulwer Road, Glenwood is hosting the exhibition APPROACH: Cultural Production in a Shifting Social Context from Tuesday, April 19 to Sunday, May 8.
Considering the resurgence of socially engaged creative practices in the South African context, this exhibition presents the work of three organisations that use creative practice as a tool to exploring and understanding the various and multiple social realities of contemporary South Africa.
It also features a programme of projects that have developed methodologies and approaches that reflect, interrogate and explore the social complexities brought about by specific social, economic, political and historical conditions.
Partnering organisations are The South African History Archive (Johannesburg), SPARCK (Cape Town) and Urban Futures Network (Durban).
The exhibition has been curated by Vaughn Sadie and is funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC).
About the organisations:
- The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive dedicated to documenting, supporting and promoting greater awareness of past and contemporary struggles for justice and accountability in South Africa through archival practices and outreach, and the utilisation of access to information laws. SAHA aims to: recapture lost and neglected histories; record aspects of South African democracy in the making; bring history out of the archives and into schools, universities and communities in new and innovative ways; extend the boundaries of freedom of information in South Africa; and raise awareness, both nationally and internationally, of the role of archives and documentation in promoting and defending human rights. www.saha.org.za
- SPARCK – Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge – is a programme of experimental multi-disciplinary arts residencies, workshops, symposia, exhibitions, publications and performances centred on innovative, ethically driven approaches to urban space. SPARCK was launched in 2008 and is run by Kadiatou Diallo and Dominique Malaquais. Together, they are experimenting with novel ways of collaborating. Hierarchies are replaced with joint decision-making and collective responsibilities, physical centres and offices with mobile and virtual workspaces. Process and results are equally important and always experimental. www.sparck.org
- The Urban Futures Centre (UFC) does not operate as a traditional research centre but rather as a networked hub of projects and partners. Its capacity lies in bringing together a network of scholars, practitioners, civil society groupings and individuals who are interested in the future of cities. Central to the projects at the UFC is the use of an imaginative lens to think about non-traditional processes and solutions to urban challenges. Such an approach demands an inter-disciplinary networked approach. The UFC currently works on combined research and engagement projects addressing issues of social housing, homelessness, drug use, policing, racial identities, racism, urban security and methodologies for urban planning. Underlying all the UFC’s activities is a concern with listening to, and collectively making improving in, the everyday lives of urban dwellers. www.dut.ac.za/faculty/engineering/urban_futures/
The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm, on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 3 pm.