Archive for September, 2007

‘Jive Soweto’ Exhibition Opens

Monday, September 17th, 2007

by Ndaba Dlamini, 29 August 2007

An art exhibition at the Hector Pieterson Museum aims to broaden the focus of the Arts Alive festival, as well as expand its geographic reach into Soweto.

Zanele Muholi, one of the most celebrated visual artists in the country, will lead a pack of big-name artists in a rare, professionally staged art exhibition at the Hector Pieterson Museum.

The month-long Jive Soweto exhibition is part of the City’s Arts Alive Festival; Hannelie Coetzee, Ossie Dowery, Churchill Madikida, Senzeni Marasela, Kenneth Nkosi, Farrell Ngilima and Peter Tobias are some of the artists who will be taking part.

According to the exhibition curator, Melissa Mboweni, the aim of the show is to showcase the artists in Soweto and broaden the festival’s usual focus on music and theatre. Mboweni is also the director of Akani Creative Consulting.

“We also want to extend the scope of the festival beyond the suburbs of Johannesburg and into the townships,” she says.

The exhibition is named after a song by musician Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse, Jive Soweto; the song is reminiscent of the vibey but turbulent 1980s. The show will run from 1 September to 30 September.

However, Mboweni says that the Jive Soweto exhibition “has to be aware of the permanent exhibition at the museum.”

“The Jive Soweto artwork on show will have to be placed in juxtaposition to the permanent art and will have to address the same themes. It will have to show the same historical awareness of the 1976 Soweto Uprising and of Hector Pieterson himself.”

It will take on a cultural twist with up-and-coming jazz musician Rae entertaining guests on the opening day, according to Mboweni.

“The occasion will also feature Nambitha Eateries from Orlando West, which will showcase different types of South African indigenous foods. Entry to the opening show is free.”

From 2 September entrance will be R15 for adults and R5 for students and pensioners.

See, www.joburg.org.za/2007/aug/aug29_jivesoweto.stm

Soweto ‘76 Appears in Newsweek

Monday, September 10th, 2007

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D., School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, University of Maryland, College Park, is featured in the latest issue of Newsweek International (14 August 2007) in an article entitled, “African Art’s Long and Winding Road Home.” Nieves, a Resident Fellow at the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH), has been developing an interactive digital archive, “Soweto ’76,” with the Hector Pieterson Museum of Johannesburg, South Africa since the Fall of 2006.