Sunday, August 16, 2015

Remember Marikana - installation.

A simple installation I did today to Remember Marikana. The names of those who died are written on cotton strips and tied to a fence overlooking the sea.

Remember Marikana 16/08/2012.

Today is the 3rd commemoration of the events at Marikana. 34 miners were killed by police on this day, and another 11 people died in the period immediately before and after the 16th.

Remember Marikana I (mixed media canvas with dry point etching, paint, ink, cotton gauze and stitching, with papier mache bowl and printed photographs)

Remember Marikana II (mixed media canvas with dry point etching, paint, cotton gauze and stitching, with papier mache bowl and printed photographs)

Remember Marikana III (mixed media canvas with dry point etching, paint, cotton gauze and stitching, with papier mache bowl and printed photographs)

"The Marikana massacre is about a fundamental failure of leadership from the lowest to the highest echelons of our leadership structures, starting with the labour movements, the mining houses and our instruments of democratic administration as well as a blatant shirking of political accountability at the highest levels."
Prof.  Tinyiko Maluleke 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Freedom Is Within You.

Today is Freedom Day. Colleen Ross and I did an installation between Fish Hoek and Glencairn:

(Last photo by Colleen Ross)

You breathe like me - you bleed like me.

As part of City Walks last Saturday a group of African artists staged a powerful performance / intervention to protest against the horrific xenophobia which is once again sweeping our country (remember 2008 ...). They are arranged around a woman posed like a statue with raised arms. The placard below her reads: "You breathe like me - you bleed like me", The viewers are invited to hug the statue - "Hug an African". It was an incredibly moving experience. We have the people, the skills, and the resources to be the greatest continent on Earth. Somehow we have to make it work.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

More Play.

More photos of the City Walk (Play Saturday) initiative.
This woman dished out cones with soil and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. I planted mine in the Company Gardens - and look forward to it blooming!

These guys are part of #100AfricanReads - a group of artists and students who read from books by African authors and dressed up in beautifully colourful clothes.

This woman was part of a fire dancing group - unfortunately you can't see the fire  - but it was pretty spectacular!
More #100AfricanReads.

A mime artist
A game of big chess - for big and little players!
A game of scrabble in progress ...

More #100AfricanReads

A girl posing ...

More #100AfricanReads

Artists and lecturer Andrew Putter talking to a group of people about his design students' installation on the Fan Walk - all done with the paper from till rolls!

These guys did a fantastic harmonising number - they were truly amazing!
Jazz music on St Georges' Mall ...

This woman was dressed up and ready to rock!

Monday, April 20, 2015

City Walk - Play Saturday

The second Saturday of every month Cape Town CBD (Company Gardens, St George's Mall and the Fan Walk) becomes a venue for people to come together and play. I went with a friend last Saturday - what fun we had! It was totally inspiring and mood-uplifting. I made a bagful of origami birds (from recycled magazine pages) and distributed them to people, inviting them to hang them somewhere along the walk,

Svetlana the Mathematician decided to hang her bird in a tree. A logical thing for a mathematician to do, I guess.

I used the remaining birds to decorate the Fan Walk. (At the end of the day I took them all down again - no need to litter the inner city!) (Thanks to Colleen Ross for this picture).

Colleen handed out a zine - A Little Book of Happiness - and recorded people's thoughts about being South African.

Pictures of the other events will be put up in my next post ...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Only this moment exists ...

The Wall project is coming along ... slowly but surely:

As you can see all the bits in between - a vast expanse of emptiness - still has to be filled in. (There seems to be a deep philosophical meaning in there somehow ...).
And then the grout will have to be applied.

Snous says she is keen to see the end result ... in about 5 years' time ...