Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town: Exhibition at GoetheOnMain

The exhibition Two Thousand and Ten Reasons to Live in a Small Town scheduled from 12th of May to 12th of June 2011 at the project space GoetheOnMain. Co-curated by the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and Doung Anwar Jahangeer

The exhibition reflects on the creative reimagining of the public spaces of small rural towns and contexts. During the course of 2010, seventeen contemporary artists lived and worked in eleven different small towns/rural contexts across the country, involved in an extended period of research and local collaboration around interventions in public spaces and structures in these towns. These interventions served as a basis for the development of more permanent artworks and interventions, intended to draw on and interact dynamically with the historical and contemporary experience of these communities.
The project has involved the interaction of artists who are largely urban-based and whose work has been shaped by the urban context, engaging in the radically contrasting context of the rural. The exhibition – co-curated by the VANSA team and Durban-based artist, architect and activist Doung Anwar Jahangeer - is envisaged as a complex interrogation of contemporary art practice in new contexts engaging with new audiences.
Two Thousand and Ten Reasons included the following towns, projects and artists:
·       Dundee: Living within History - Vaughn Sadie and Neil Coppen
·       Musina: Made in Musina - Thenjiwe Nkosi and Ra Hlasane
·       Phakamisa: Dlala Indima - Kwanele Mboso, Zingisa Nkosinkulu and Buntu Fihla
·       Laingsburg: noli procrastinare - Kathryn Smith
·       Richmond: Workshop and Bronze Sculptures - Guy du Toit
·       Hermon: The Domino Effect - Tracey Derrick and Chris Murphy
·       Sutherland: Dark and Silent - Bronwyn Lace and Marcus Neustetter
·       As well as four projects in five locations across the country where the following artists were supported to develop their initial proposals further: Bianca Baldi, Steve Bandoma, Maurice Mbikayi, Meghan Judge and Heath Nash.
A group of ‘critical friends’ were also recruited to provide a supportive sounding board for the projects - Dorothee Kreutzfeldt, Nontobeko Ntombela, Rike Sitas, Rat Western and Joseph Gaylard. A group of writers – including Zen Marie, Kirsten Doerman, Alex Opper, Gabi Ngcobo and Bettina Malcomess will be preparing critical reflections on the project for a publication to be launched in June.
The project was enabled through financial support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), with additional in-kind support and co-operation from local municipalities and businesses. Additional support for the exhibition component of the project from the Goethe Institute is gratefully acknowledged.
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