Fak’ugesi 2021 3D Gallery Now Open

Story Posted: 23 November 2021
Categories: Press


Tshimologong Innovation Precinct and BetterShared will end the year on a high note with the launch of an all- new virtual 3D gallery space, which will run between 25 November 2021 and 04 January 2022. The Fakugesi exhibition space is an engaging platform for discovering and purchasing the very best contemporary art made by artists from Africa and the diaspora.

The Fak’ugesi digital festival 3D Gallery  will profile work from 40 digital  artists who will showcase in the virtual gallery space, with  8 works to be featured  at the physical gallery at Tshimologong.   Over the years  Fak’ugesi Festival  has displayed Innovative work from over 400 digital artists from various digital creative sectors and countries  across the continent.

To celebrate 7 years of the Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival, an Alumni Catalogue will be launched at the exhibition.  The catalogue is a celebration of the  immense talent of selected digital creatives who have made a significant contribution to the festival over the years. 

“The gallery space is a virtual hall of 3D graphic glass-front shipping containers, each home to a curated exhibition packed with explosive, contemplative and experimental work across gaming, digital art, animation, and more.  Everyone has put in a lot of work to ensure that the exhibition and the alumni catalogue provide a broad and beautiful view of the digital creative industries in Africa today, and one that we are proud to have helped build.” Says Fak’ugesi Festival Curator, dillion s. phiri.

The exhibition pays tribute to some of the most indispensable work digital artists across Africa have made by documenting innovations and culture on the continent. Outcomes of the Fak’ugesi Labs are also exhibited at the gallery, including an interactive animation created by a group of Johannesburg based creatives and led by Fak’ugesi, Arts Research Africa and City of Bogota artist in residence  Crila Regina from Colombia, Bogota.  

The public will  get a chance to explore contemporary digital photography through the faith-focused work of South Africans Sanele and Puleng Mongane in the ‘No Boundaries’ exhibition. In addition to  digital artworks  developed based on data findings by selected artists who took part in the Digital SUPERPOWER! Lab. The Digital SUPERPOWER! Lab is an initiative that aims to empower women and the LGBTQIA+ community to make sense of gender safety issues in their environment. 

There is captivating work done by animators digging into Africa’s folklore canon, with projects like Deidre Janties’ Stories In Die Wind and Formation Animation’s Azania Rises, both part of the Fak’ugesi Stories exhibition.   Augmented Reality artists Xabiso Vili and Sonwabo Valishaya bring a thought provoking exhibition to the physical space, Re/Member your Descendants. The exhibition asks the question, if you were an ancestor, what would your descendants call upon you for?

BetterShared, Founder and CEO Swakara Atwell-Bennet says, “It’s been a great opportunity to work on Fak’ugesi Festival.  It’s been our largest gallery build and we’ve also been able to really push the concept and create something quite different from what’s already out there in terms of virtual galleries.”

The physical gallery at Tshimologong will provide an opportunity for the media and general public to engage with some of the creatives. 

For more information log onto: www.fakugesi.co.za 

Virtual Gallery Exhibition duration: 

  • 25 November 2021 to 25 February 2022


Additional Information

The Alumni catalogue additionally brings special focus to partners that have worked with Fak’ugesi Festival over these years to help with  not only supporting  featured artists, but to build the Festival and the sector We give special thanks in this catalogue to Wits & Wits School of Arts, Red Bull, Pro Helvetia, IFAS (Institut Français d’Afrique du Sud), Goethe Institut, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH), Gauteng Film Commission, Games Industry Africa, Electric South, Digital Lab Africa, British Council, AnimationSA, AFD (Agence Française de Développement) and AMAZE.



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