06 April 2016

Forthcoming exhibition & programme of events - APPROACH: Cultural Production in a Shifting Social Context

Photograph by Gille de Vlieg

Description of event by Vaughn Sadie (curator)

"Considering the resurgence of social engaged creative practices in the South African context, this exhibition presents 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 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. 

The exhibition and programme explore some of the complexities of participatory practice as invited organisations often work in an interdisciplinary mode aimed at shifting more conventional understanding of participatory and community engaged practice. Through a focus on the production of knowledge each of the organisations explore, develop and reflect on methodologies and approaches that take into careful consideration the contextual contraints they are located in.  By acknowledging that the outcomes of such processes need to serve multiple agendas, and benefit the multiple communities engaged in this process of producing knowledge, the notion of accountability is central to the process of ethical collaboration."

Other partnering organisations are SPARCK (Cape Town) and Urban Futures Network (Durban).

WHERE: Main, Mezzanine and Park Galleries - KwaZulu Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA)
WHEN: 19 April - 8 May 2016

SAHA will be participating through its exhibition kits and educational programme, developed in the course of SAHA's 1913 Land Act Project, featuring the photographs of Gille de Vlieg archived at SAHA. 

The exhibition, with accompanying programme of events, is a project of the KZNSA's Social Art Programme, supported by the National Lotteries Commission.

For more information about the exhibition and the programme of events, please visit the exhibitions page on the KZNZA website.