Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo
From August 2 to 10, 2017, Everard Read Gallery will present Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo, a group exhibition by emerging contemporary artists Andrew Ananda Voogel, Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile, Chibuike Uzoma, João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga, Liliana Cuellar, Liz Lessner and Liza Grobler. The exhibition focuses on creating gestures in response to a specific physical space and to encourage interactions between sound, performing and visual artists.
Johannesburg and Cape Town are the centres for art interactions in South Africa. But what about the space in between? That long stretch of tarmac that connects the two. The ever changing landscape that sprawls out on either side, with Richmond exactly in the middle… A quiet space that carries the memories of many generations, personal memories, but also historical ones. (Two of the biggest battles of the Anglo Boer War occurred there).
Interpersonal exchanges between artists from various countries and interactions between individual and place, is what drives ideas. All artists selected for this project, have either collaborated or shared a residency over the past decade. The group comprise of diverse creative thinkers that are hard workers, sharp minds and gifted at sparking intercultural dialogues.
The project connects two physically distant spaces within South Africa and conceptually illustrates the interconnections of creative practitioners from across the globe. Work will be multi-disciplinary, collaborative and site specific. The group has been selected for both the quality of their art initiatives and their ongoing commitment to exchanges across national borders. It is a small attempt at creating a denser cultural fabric locally.
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