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The !Kauru African Contemporary Art project is in full production for the 2014 exhibition, that will open at the UNISA Art Gallery on the 22 May 2014.

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This is the third year of this project which aims to stimulate conversations within Africa and internationally to facilitate a change of perceptions about the continent through its contemporary art.

About !Kauru

The curatorial vision for ‘Rerouting Dialogue 1994-2014’, is according to !Kauru 2014 Curator Avitha Sooful “about unveiling the African truth.” This exhibition celebrates the continent of Africa as an integral player within the global village. More than 18 artists from to SADC countries have been selected to take part in the exhibition.

Through a series of talks, walkabouts, lectures, seminars and other programs aligned to the exhibition, the project aims to sensitize and mobilize South African, African audiences and the media, in the appreciation of contemporary African visual arts. Art is seen as a means to promote inter Africa /Diaspora cultural exchange in a direct and meaningful way.

Supported by the department of Arts and Culture’s international department, !Kauru provides a platform for African contemporary artists and cultural practioners to engage around a showcase of contemporary art from the continent that will travel 5 regions of the African continent. The strategy aims to incorporate all the regions of Africa over the lifespan of the project, which began in 2012 with artists from the SADC region and East Africa. The exhibition will promote mid-career to established artists and will showcase the maturity and exceptional wealth of talent to be found within the region.
Participating Artists
Artists which have been selected to participate in the !Kauru 2014 exhibition by curator Avitha Sooful include: Thamae Kaashe from Botswana, Endale Desalegn from Ethiopia, Patrick Rorke from Lesotho, Alpheus Mvula from Namibia, Pierrot Men from Madagascar, and Nirveda Alleck and Krishna Luchoomun from Mauritius, Anesia Zefenias Filipe Manjate, Gemuce (Pompillio Hilario) and Lourenço Abner Tsenane from Mozambique. Christine Chetty from the Seychelles, Mohau Modisakeng, Diane Victor, Churchill Madikida from South Africa, Rehema Chachage and Safina Kimbokota from Tanzania. Also participating are Victor Mutulekesha and Kenneth Zenzele Chulu from Zambia and from Zimbabwe Nancy Mteki and Israel Israel.
Opening Reception: 22 May 2014 / 6:00 for 6:30
Artists and Stakeholders Round Table Discussion: 23 May 2013 / 08:00 – 17:30
Artists Walkabout: 24 May 2014 / 09:00 – 11:00
Venue: UNISA Art Gallery / Muckleneuk Campus, Ground Floor Kgorong Building, Preller and Ridge Street, Muckleneuk Ridge, Pretoria
Participating Countries: Botswana / Ethiopia / Lesotho / Mauritius / Madagscar / Mozambique / Namibia / Nigeria / Tanzania / Seychelles / South Africa / Zambia / Zimbabwe
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