Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency
An annual one month residency leading into the Festival that acts to support young African digital makers. Since 2014, this is a creative technology-art and design residency which runs for a month and leads into the festival. It aims to develop digital creatives who collaborate to produce work for a digitally interactive art exhibition.
Since 2016 the Fak’ugesi Festival has collaborated on the Residency with Pro Helvetia Johannesburg and the ANT Fund to support digital makers in the SADC region. 2016 SADC Resident’s Vuyi Chaza (ZW), Regina Kgatle (SA) and Simphiwe Xulu (SA) collaborated on the “Mambokadzi” augmented reality set of video’s and animations, which went on to be presented at the World Museums & Web Conference in Ohio, USA earlier this year.
The 2017 Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Residency, proudly host young digital artists:
Komborerai Chapfika (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwean (b. 1981) multi-disciplinary visual artist. Studied in Atlanta, GA. USA (BA. Economics 2006). Following graduation he worked in advertising, broadcast, animation, and web development including time at LBi Interactive, Web.com, and Cartoon Network. His art work features contemporary African and Western pop iconography, bright patterns, and often surreal figurative elements. He draws, paints, designs, animates, and creates installations. A mostly self taught artist, he believe art transcends any singular medium and that each discipline informs the other. His hybrid aesthetic echoes his personal journey as a contemporary African artist commentating on the ongoing cultural remixing brought on by globalization, the people, and situations he encounters. Chapfika creates art work which is alive with energy, vibrant colour, textures, patterns, current awareness, and suggestive storytelling. Chapfika is currently developing a “Retro-Futurist-Afro-Kitsch” aesthetic. A hyperbolic, but recognizable visual style that expresses the immense potential and current dire straits of Zimbabwe, and Africa at large.
Kombo Chapfika → www.kombochapfika.com
Kombo Chapfika on Vimeo → www.vimeo.com/ckombo
Dananayi Muwanigwa is a 27 year old self-taught digital artist/painter based in Harare, Zimbabwe. He
uses 2 primary tools to produce his work, namely a Wacom drawing tablet and Adobe Photoshop. Dananayi has been using digital painting as a medium for the past 5 years and is largely self taught, drawing inspiration from haute couture, film, fantasy. Digital painters who also played a key influence on the techniques he has developed include modern digital artists from Zimbabwe as well as globally such as Walter Musoza, Kudzai Gumbo, Stanley Lau, Warren Louw, Sakimi Chan, Adam Hughes, Robot Pencil and Ross Draws.
In this last year the main subject of his work became women of colour, choosing to depict their strength and beauty using fantasy as his core style. By utilizing digital media he aims to tell the story of the African woman, a story he feels is often confined by gender and racial stereotypes. He also
aims to contribute towards building the Zimbabwe Digital Arts community and eventually to empower others who are looking for a unique medium of expression through the art digital painting.
Dananayi Muwanigwa → www.artstation.com/artist/mdantheman
Dananayi Muwanigwa Instagram → www.instagram.com/art_of_dananayi/
23 year old Julia Hango, Better known as JuliART has self funded three successful solo exhibitions to kick start her provocative feminist art career in 2015 in her home country Namibia. JuliART is one of the most promising young Namibian artists today. Playing with various artistic techniques many of her digitally created photographs are surreal and thought provoking as they are layered with movement and emotion that give the Artworks an exploratory three dimensional space challenging the notions of sexuality and gender. Her work utilizes the power of the camera and the Naked human body as a tool to challenge society on issues of gender, bodily autonomy, mortality, identity, and, perhaps most importantly, her own life as a nudist.
JuliART, as part of a “So Namibia” Collective was invited to show at THAT ART FAIR 2016 in cape town, South Africa which was then followed by another Solo show in which she documents different people perspectives on Nudity and being Naked in Namibia. They have also been invited and have exhibited at the 2016 Art Photo Market in Budapest, Hungary. Julia is not only a photographer and nudist but considers herself to be a body activist and advocate for the self love/ self healing movement for Africans and in Africa.
Julia Hango → bodypositivenamibia.tumblr.com/
Partners: Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, ANT Fund
Audience: Artists and arts audiences interested in Digital and Technology Arts in the SADC Region and Africa.
Pro Helvetia → prohelvetia.org.za/en/