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BAG FACTORY SALON SALE 2018 

The Bag Factory would like to invite you to join us for the public opening of our annual fundraiser event. BAG FACTORY SALON SALE 2018  Over 35 emerging and established artists will be exhibiting their works with the aim of raising funds that will be used for the Bag Factory's mentorship, studio subsidisation, and studio bursary programmes. Where: Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, 10 Mahlathini Street, Fordsburg When: Saturday 10 November Time: 11am to 5pm Cost: The public opening is a free event and all are welcome. Card facilities are available for artwork purchases. Parking: Safe and secure parking is available at the Oriental Plaza for a nominal rate. The public opening will take place on 10 November for ONE DAY ONLY. Serious about collecting? Then be sure not to miss the VIP Preview Event on Wednesday 7 November. The VIP Preview is a ticketed event and tickets are limited.

For additional info : (011) 834 9181 info@bagfactoryart.org.za

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David Koloane Award – JAF2018

The Bag Factory Artists’ Studios is proud to annually host the David Koloane Award, celebrating the life and career of David Koloane (b.1938), internationally respected artist, curator, writer and founding member of the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. Koloane was born in Alexandra, Johannesburg in 1938.  He received his art training from 1974 to 1977 at the Bill Ainslie Studios, which later became the Johannesburg Art Foundation. Since the late 1970s, Koloane has been a pioneer in the development of the black art community in South Africa. He co-founded Johannesburg’s first black art gallery and was the head of Fine Arts at the Federative Union of Black Artists (FUBA). He was instrumental in establishing studio space for black artists at The Fordsburg Artists’ Studios (the Bag Factory) and he founded the Thupelo Workshops in South Africa, a concept that spread to Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Namibia.  The Bag Factory founded in 1991 also became the studio space which made it possible for black and white artists to work together on a professional level, despite the apartheid legislation of that time   The focus of this year’s David Koloane Award falls on painting and the two recipients of the award, not only received a two-month residency at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, but mentoring by two of the Bag Factory’s established resident artists, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa (b.1952) and Bev Butkow (b.1976). The mentees time at the Bag Factory concludes with their work being showcased along-side their mentors at the FNB Joburg Art Fair (6-9 September 2018) made possible by the Department of Sports, Arts, Recreation and Culture, Artlogic and the FNB Joburg Art Fair.   The recipients of this year’s award, Lwando Dlamini and Phemo Matlhabe, joined the Bag Factory for their two-month residencies in mid-July. Twenty-seven-year-old Phemo Matlhabe, from the North West province, is a partly self-taught artist who has previously exhibited works at the Klerksdorp Museum, Molly Art Gallery, and Alice Art. His portraits have also been highlighted in the Old Mutual Business Magazine, he has recently produced a calendar for Brainstorm Magazine, and he created two portraits made out of old computer parts for the computer company Experien’ to create awareness about recycling. Phemo says that during his time at the Bag Factory he has already learned so much: “being taken out of my comfort zone has helped me to break through an artistic threshold in a sense and I am thinking more than ever before”. About his two mentors, he adds “Bev [Butkow] and Pat [Mautloa] speak to the different sides of me. They are both such inspiring artists and people, and have been fantastic in helping me add a new definition to my work”. The work Phemo will be presenting at the 2018 FNB Joburg Art Fair explores different aspects and dynamics of identity. Twenty-six-year-old Lwando Dlamini was born in Cape Town and currently lives and works in Johannesburg. He graduated in Fine Art from the Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2017 and explores his personal experiences of illness, violence, and near death experiences in his works. His works that will be shown at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair is a continuation of the ongoing exploration of these themes. “We learned about David Koloane in school and I still remember the very first time I saw him at the Bag Factory. It is such an honour to be the recipient of the David Koloane Award and to work alongside artists such as David Koloane, Bev Butkow and Pat Mautloa”, says Dlamini. He continues by saying that he has gained so much from the mentorship already, including confidence to present his work and professionalism, as well as new insight into the process of creating: “Our mentors have been great at teaching us that this mentorship is not about finishing artwork, but about creating, exploring and learning”. What has stayed with him is what one of this year’s mentors, Pat Mautloa, said: “With painting, you always have to realize that you haven’t tried everything”. The two recipients of this year’s David Koloane Award are being mentored by resident artists at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, Kagiso Patrick Mautloa and Bev Butkow. Kagiso Patrick “Pat” Mautloa has been a part of the Bag Factory since the organisation’s inception 27-years ago in 1991. He studied visual art at a host of small schools and art centres before obtaining a Diploma in Fine Art from the prestigious ELC Art Centre at Rorke’s Drift, Natal and became a full-time artist in 1992. Mautloa has participated in several significant local and international exhibitions and was involved with the formation of the Thupelo Workshops (as a part of the international Triangle Network) in 1985 along with artists such as David Koloane and Bill Ainslie. Mautloa taught at FUBA (Federated Union of Black Artists) from the early 1980s and was instrumental to the Thupelo Gallery while there. Bev Butkow immerses herself in the exploration of materials, pulling apart and weaving together figurative and literal narrative fragments. Resurrecting her childhood dream, accountant-turned-artist Butkow started making art in her mid-40’s and is now a full-time artist. She is currently working towards a Master of Fine Art at Wits University, having graduated Honours in Art History at Wits with distinction in 2017 and presenting at academic conferences. Butkow had a solo exhibition in 2015, winning a Merit Award in the SA Taxi Foundation Art Award the same year. Since then, she has exhibited in numerous group shows and art fairs including the National Arts Festival. Her work is housed in local and international collections. Deeply committed to social engagement and education, she co-founded a library in Limpopo and sits on the board of 11 schools. Butkow was born and lives in Johannesburg and is based at the Bag Factory Artist Studios in Johannesburg, blocks away from where her grandfather peddled eggs in the 50’s and 60’s.

Works by Mautloa, Butkow, Dlamini and Mathlabe will be on show at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios booth (A05) at this year’s FNB Joburg Art Fair (6-9 September 2018) at the Sandton Convention Centre.

For any queries, please contact the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios:

10 Mahlatini Street, Fordsburg

+ 27 11 834 9181

info@bagfactoryart.org.za

www.bagfactoryart.org.za

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In Silva: a visual narrative

Wandering In Silva, or “in the forest” you will encounter a visual narrative “brought to life”.
 
Similar to a tableau vivant or a “living picture”, a visual narrative can either be performed live or depicted through an artwork. Conventionally the actors are stationary and silent, carefully posed with props and scenery while the emphasis is placed on the pose and facial expression. As a type of freeze- frame story, the tableau refers to the moments leading up to the frozen moment while also providing you with the opportunity to speculate what could happen directly thereafter.
The artists Mandy Coppes-Martin, Allen Laing, Tsoku Maela, Maja Maljevic, Rosemarie Marriott, Richard “Specs” Ndimande, Anastasia Pather, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Diane Victor, Gina Waldman and curator Dineke van der Walt collaborate to activate the gallery as a space in which different plots can unfold. The individual artworks – each referencing its own inherent topic - can be viewed as a series of isolated moments, that in relation to each other might form a continuation of events and therefore also a story. It, however, relies on the viewer to cross the narrative threshold and explore the various narrative threads.
 
The exhibition opens Thursday 23 August, 18:30 at Kalashnikovv Gallery and will run until Saturday 1 September. In Silva is curated by Dineke van der Walt, recipient of the 2018 Fulcrum Suzanne Shaw Creative Award presented by Fulcrum, the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), in association with Kalashnikovv Gallery.
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Open Studio with Ali Honarvar

Join us for an open studio with visiting artist Ali Honarvar.

He has been captivated by African handicrafts and the different patterns and beautiful colour schemes thereof since his first introduction to this art form. The artworks he has created in his residency illuminate the beadwork which has been his main source of material. While in Johannesburg he has been engaged with his bead’s project, his fascination with African artists and their use of beads and the masterpieces created from them. He elaborates;"In my opinion, whereas existing different mines of gemstones and precious metals have caused a myriad of problems on environmental issues and native people, Bead art has been an outstanding influence on Africa's art economy and people”. For him, Africa is a mine of arts, and he appreciates this mine because it has been an inspiration to his in many aspects and has given him new experiences.
For more information on Ali: http://alihonarvar.com @alihonarvar @honarvar.studio @ali_honarvar
Date: 2 June 2018 Time: 10:0am - 15:00 Where: 10 Mahlatini, Fordsburg (Bag Factory Artists' Studios) For more info contact: 011 834 9181 / linda@bagfactoryart.org.za  abc
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Tied rope

Join us for a short film screening.

Resident artist Phumalni Ntuli, recipient of the PPC Imaginarium award unveils his short film which won him this prestigious award. He will also share another performance film of his residency while in Belgium. So be sure to join us for a glass of wine and complimentary popcorn. Screening date: 26 May 2018 Time: 11:30am for 12:00pm - 14:00 Where: 10 Mahlatini, Fordsburg (Bag Factory Artists' Studios) Please RSVP to linda@bagfactoryart.org.za by the 18 May 2018abc
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To be continued…

Over the past three months - February to April – a diverse group of young contemporary artists, some coming from as far afield as Cape Town, Zimbabwe and Gaborone in Botswana, assembled together for one full week every month at the Bag Factory Artist Studios, to participate in an interactive professional training course – the Artist Career Boot Camp Programme. This course initiated and first presented in 2017 by Art Source South Africa is supported by a grant from the National Arts Council. Engaging with the extensive industry experience and sage advice from the facilitator, Les Cohn, of Art Source South Africa, the young aspirant artists gained valuable insights into the workings of the professional art world and how to engage with it in building their careers. In response to the presentations the artists were encouraged to debate and participate in discussions, to examine their career aims and objectives, interrogate their practice, express their individual concerns and their stumbling blocks and share personal stories; through this interactive learning process they not only grew as artists and individuals but also grew together as a group. “To be continued…..” is an exhibition of new works created over the three-month course by this group of artists. Each artist will show works that manifest the impact that the Artist Career Boot Camp programme made on their practice and ideas. The works on show are only the beginning of great things to come…… Please join us for snacks and a glass of wine to view the opening chapter of these talented artist’s careers. Opens: 18 May 2018 Closes: 23 May 2018 Where: Bag Factory Artists' Studiosabc
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ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

٩٩٩٩٩٩٩٩٩٩PARTY۶۶۶۶۶۶۶۶۶۶

♜♜♜ ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM ♜♜♜

@ BAG FACTORY

ORGANIZED BY HIROKO TSUCHIMOTO 2018.04.26

༄DOOR OPEN 6:30 pm ༄LIVE PERFORMANCE 7pm-8pm

(NOTE!! NO ENTRY DURING THE PERFORMANCE. COME ON TIME!)

༄DJ 8:00 pm

↺↺↺AGE LIMIT: OVER THE AGE OF 18↺↺↺FREE ENTRANCE↺↺↺

♛♛♛ PARTY IS PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE IS PARTY ♛♛♛ ______________________________________

ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

To celebrate is to publicly acknowledge a significant day or event with a social gathering or enjoyable activity – when celebrating one is expected to express joy and present a light demeanour. Sometimes people will dress up in specially chosen attire or according to a theme. At a celebration one can expect food, drink and music. Another way to describe a celebration is to call it a Party(!). What to expect at an adult party: Invariable: Music More than one person (arguable) (alcoholic) Beverages Joy/Happiness/Laughter Conversation (light to robust) (initial) Awkwardness   Variable: Dancing Food Arguments Posturing Bravado Revelations Romance and/or Lust
Elephant in the Room is Hiroko Tsuchimoto’s investigation of the performances, dialogues and sequences that make up a party. Her interest in the absurd and awkwardness has produced insightful, ironic work with a sociological outlook. In any room there is a combination of personalities and/or types of people, it’s possible that at a party certain personality traits are suppressed or amplified. There are those who are there to entertain and those there to be entertained, those who are there to see and those there be seen. It’s a supposedly symbiotic atmosphere where everyone in attendance is to gain fulfilment within their respective limits and social abilities. In a jovial setting what then could be the “elephant in the room”? Perhaps among a combination of strangers, acquaintances and close friends socialising within a white gallery space, everyone will bring their own elephant. // Hiroko Tsuchimoto (b.1984, Sapporo, Japan) is a visual/performance artist, living in Sweden since 2008. She began her career at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and went on to study at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design and Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Her works are generally manifested as stage performances and social experiments in public spaces. In her performance pieces, she often provides communal experiences to audience members through physical assignments, dialogues, and collective movement. Since 2008, Tsuchimoto has presented her works internationally both inside and outside art spaces. She is a working grant recipient from Swedish Arts Grants Committee for the year 2013 and the years 2016-2018, as well as a grant holder at IASPIS residency at Bag Factory in Johannesburg in 2018. https://www.hirokotsuchimoto.info SUPPORTED BY IASPIS/SWEDISH ARTS GRANTS COMMITTEE
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WHAT KNOT NOT

WHAT KNOT NOT 

Opens: 29 March 2018

 

Visiting artists Libita Clayton and Celina Portella present a joint exhibition, culminating the end of their respective residencies at Bag Factory Artists' Studios. // Celina Portella is a Brazilian artist with a dance background. She keeps a direct connection with the choreographic universe, from where her interest in the body and the issues of its representation arises. Performance art is described as an artistic action performed live and of provisory nature, whose duration can only be extended and perpetuated through records of photographs, films and videos. Many of these records have been incorporated into the art circuit as works of art, although they hadn't had, a priori, another function other than documentary. Celina Portella, on the contrary, proposes the simple interaction between body expression and media, making photography and video structural parts of the work itself. During her trajectory, the artist has been seeking the perfect synchrony between real and virtual actions, making the body dialogue intrinsically with various media, which may transit from dance to video and cinema, or even allude to a particular genre, such as sculpture. In this way, she intertwines languages which were previously dissociated, in communion between the statements and their instruments. The central focus of the work, therefore, converges towards the limit between virtual reality and corporal actions, in an attempt to scramble their frontiers and confuse the real with the universe of fiction. With the artifice of trompe-l'oeil and the radical integration of media, Celina Portella locates the work in the ambiguous terrain between the material and the immaterial, between the world's objectivity and illusion. During her residency at Bag Factory Artists' Studios, Portella has been researching the understandings of Identity and Access through a workshop experimenting in video and photographic concepts and exploration around the city. In What Knot Not, Portella presents her constantly developing and changing findings through photography, video and installation. // [WE.ARE.LIVING.ARCHIVES: how do we transmit and communicate real time to our future ancestors?] Mothers Tongue follows on from previous projects Libita Clayton has produced with radio, performance and broadcasting in the U.K. Mothers Tongue is a constitutively collaborative project built through language, sound, communication, memory and interdimensional traversal. In What Knot Not, Clayton works with Mothers Tongue, an interchanging assembly of participants from a recently held sound workshop, she will be producing a performance in collaboration with artist and composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. Libita Clayton graduated from the University of the Arts London, with a BA ( Hons ) in Print & Digital Media in 2006-2009. Clayton is a Namibian British artist, based in the U.K. She works with groups and gatherings, between activism, subculture, dance culture and theatre. Unpacking sites of trauma and resistance, to heal and provoke questions of erasure and collective memory - to reconfigure dominant narratives and power structures. She has co-produced, performed and workshopped with the Victoria & Albert Museum, Arnolfini, Spike Island, NTS radio, NYNN, Book Works, Sonic Soundings, and South London Gallery - UK, 2016-18. Collective partners have included; Bristol Experimental Expanded Film, Speakeasy Southwest Forum, Gal-Dem, Howling Owl Record Label, Universal Magnetic, Something Human, 2017. Clayton recently exhibited in the Diaspora Pavilion, during the 57th Venice Biennale, Italy, she is also the recipient of the Freelands Foundation Award ( in association with Gasworks ), 2018-2019.

For additional info : (011) 834 9181 info@bagfactoryart.org.za

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Solo Exhibition by Richard “Specs” Ndimande

Solo Exhibition by Cassirer Welz Award Winner

Opening: Saturday 10th 11:00am - 14:00

Ends: 14 March 2018

A solo exhibition by Richard "Specs” Ndimande, this year's Cassirer Welz Award winner. The awards are co-hosted by Strauss and Co as well as Everard Read Gallery.

Richard “Specs” Ndimande is a 23-year-old from born Johannesburg. He holds a Visual Arts qualification from the University of Johannesburg. He's a strong advocate for justice and believes an artist's job is to among others awaken the mind of men.
"When I work I always work with passion”.
Ndimande's work explores themes including oppression, servitude, exploitation and a fascination with what he calls the "human-animal hybrid”.
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Erf an Exhibition by Bronwyn Katz

Erf an Exhibition by Bronwyn Katz 

Opens: 23 February 2018

Bronwyn Katz- Erf

Join us for the opening of Erf. Working primarily with discarded bedsprings sourced from forgotten and neglected spaces in Johannesburg's CBD, Katz has produced a body of work titled Erf. The exhibition is a continuation of Katz’s process-based work, through which she explores the potential of her material to serve as markers and representations of space and memory. The exhibition ends on the 2nd of March 2018.
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