A number of significant legal concerns have come up for South African creative practitioners locally and internationally, highlighting the need for people in visual arts to remain knowledgeable and connected. Get informed, take your own position.
Riason Naidoo, the now ex-director of the Iziko South African National Gallery (SANG) did not get offered a second contract at the end of his five year tenure. He released a media statement, which you can read on the Art South Africa website. ArtThrob's Matthew Blackman contacted the CEO of Iziko Museums to find out more. It is unclear if an acting director has been appointed and whether or not the exhibitions Naidoo has planned for the following year will take place. On Monday, Kendell Geers also responded to Naidoo's departure from SANG, you can read what he has to say here.
Earlier this month South African performance artist Steven Cohen was found guilty of exhibitionism in Paris after performing Coq/Cock in the city last year. He was arrested and taken in for questioning by French police at the time. On Monday 5 May Cohen was found guilty but no fine or penalty was made as no complaint had been filed against him. Read more about it on the Mail & Guardian website, or at Art South Africa.