Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Exhibition
For the first time in 2017 the Festival will have a dedicated New Media and Technology Art Exhibition focusing on the very latest digital practices. Opening on the 8th, the exhibition will run for the duration of the festival to showcase a collection of works that will include the work of Fak’ugesi Resident Artists from the SADC region (supported by Pro Helvetia and the ANT fund); Dananayi Muwanigwa and Kombo Chapfika from Harare, Zimbabwe and Julia Hango of Windhoek, Namibia.
On show will be a selection of VR Films from Kenya and Senegal from “New Dimensions” presented by Electric South and the Goethe-Institut. Included is the VR work of Kenyan photographer Ng’endo Mukii, who produced a poetic city symphony on Nairobi in the VR piece “Nairobi Berries”, consisting of her lyrical voice-over alongside surreal, layered images of the city. Senegalese fashion designer Selly Raby Kane presents a magical 360 piece, in which a little girl is chosen to discover the invisible Dakar. Kenyan, The Nest Collective, created an interactive work set in the distant future titled “Let this be a warning” when a group leaves the Earth to create a new colony.
The exhibition will further debut a brand-new collaboration between songstress Nonku Phiri and All Hail the Honey’s Rendani Nemakhavhani. This will be presented alongside works by artists Tabita Rezaire (supported by Goodman Gallery), Brooklyn J. Pakathi, Rick Treweek and Anthea Pokroy.
The Opening event will feature a special one-day-only showcase of Painting W/Music by Yann Seznec and Cukia Kimani in partnership with the British Council ConnectZA. Each of these unmissable exhibition events will take place at the newly built Accelerator building within the Tshimologong precinct. The Fak’ugesi Festival launch and exhibition will this year coincide with the Joburg Art Fair, a happy coincidence ensuring that Johannesburg will be buzzing with arts, creativity and inspiration.
Partners: British Council ConnectZA, Tshimologong Precinct, Goethe Institut, Big World Cinema, Blue Ice Docs and the Bertha Foundation
Audience: Arts audiences interested in Digital and Technology Arts in Africa.