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June 6, 2014 - Comments Off on Great Stock – an Exhibition of donations to the AVA Gallery – 9 June 2014

Great Stock – an Exhibition of donations to the AVA Gallery – 9 June 2014

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The AVA Gallery, since 1971, has been an enthusiastic and active participant in the radical shifts experienced by South Africa, and has played a decisive role in shaping the arts and culture sectors. As the oldest non-profit gallery in Cape Town, and arguably one of the more important nationally, the AVA has nurtured many of the country’s leading artists. Today, the AVA continues its commitment through regular exhibitions, supplemented by an exhilarating, interactive public events schedule that includes seminars and workshops, film screenings and performances, and a dynamic education programme. Even further, we administer Artreach, a vital support and development programme. The events launching on 9 June are part of the AVA’s continued drive to raise financial resources to support its work, and to assist in growing the organisation into one of the world’s leaders in contemporary visual culture.

 

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May 29, 2014 - Comments Off on AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : True / Story Short Film Screening 31 May 2014

AVA Gallery Saturday Cult Programme : True / Story Short Film Screening 31 May 2014

TRUE/STORY Short Film Screening Saturday, 31 May 2014 17:00 - 19:00

Stills from Penny Siopis’ Obscure White Messenger
Stills from Penny Siopis’ Obscure White Messenger

This week, the AVA’s Saturday Cult programme screens four films dealing with issues of migrancy and alienation, here curated to obfuscate the erroneous boundaries between documentary and fiction. Thereafter, film fundi Roger Young ignites and directs the conversation between film-makers, producers, artists and you.

CROSSING THE LIMPOPO (2009, 15 min) by DAN HALTER shows the artist being lead across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe into South Africa, by a cigarette smuggler, along one of the routes used by border jumpers. By playing the notorious barrier up against the passage Zimbabwean immigrants face, Halter uses a dark dark humour to interrogate xenophobia, international relations, and sad and empty promises

BORDER FARM (2011, 32 min) by THENJIWE NIKI NKOSI is a docu-drama about a group of Zimbabwean border jumpers who make their way across the Limpopo River from Zimbabwe to seek work on farms in South Africa. It portrays the many-layered drama of forced migration and is written, acted and crewed by the people who made the journey themselves. The film examines the structure of political, social and architectural power, and the invisible forces that create them.

VECINOS, translated as NEIGHBOURS (2013, 9 min 45 sec) by SYDELLE WILLOW SMITH follows three African migrants as they navigate the urban space of Barcelona: Xumo Nunjo, a musician born in Cameroon; Mamadou Dia, a writer and educator born in Senegal; and Gelia Barila Angri, from Equatorial Guinea. These participants offer an opportunity to re-consider notions of home and belonging in black Europe, framing their narratives around a real or symbolic return to Africa.

OBSCURE WHITE MESSENGER (2010, 15 min 7 sec) by PENNY SIOPIS splices together anonymous film footage found in flea markets with a transcript of the psychiatrist’s interview with  Demitrios Tsafendas, the man who murdered Verwoerd. By exploring the fact that Tsafendas was an oddball, an outsider, a drifter, a man to whom no country would give citizenship, not even the place of his birth, Siopis highlights the effects of xenophobia as much as she questions the distinction between fact and fiction.