Category: Visiting Artist
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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: @alihonarvar @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 /  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 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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♛♛♛ PARTY IS PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE IS PARTY ♛♛♛ ______________________________________


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. SUPPORTED BY IASPIS/SWEDISH ARTS GRANTS COMMITTEE
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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.

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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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Becoming  Opening : Friday, 01 December at 6pm
Becoming, an exhibition by residency artist, Ashua Imran, unfolds around an exploration of outdoor mural installations and text-based paintings. Through his current research, Imran explores the transformative potential of text to establish an interplay of words to form koan-like phases.
The exhibition consists of Imran’s well-known rope paintings transformed into a giant scale mural and a series of text-based paintings with pseudonyms. Becoming exhibits the changes Imran is facing in his practice through his experience of life in Johannesburg, which he identifies as the opposite side of the spectrum of life in his hometown, Singapore.
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Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu and Sam Nhlengethwa moderated by Pierre Lombart

Conversation with Andrew Tshabangu and Sam Nhlengethwa moderated by Pierre Lombart Opening : Monday 6th 17:30 - 19:30 Join us as we witness the homecoming of these two pioneers who have made a mark in the art industry,through their work. Andrew Tshabangu and Sam Nhlengethwa in conversation moderated by Pierre Lombart about their recent residency experience at Saint-Émilion,France. We are looking forward to seeing you there!!! For more info : (011) 834 9181
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Interactive Performance Workshop – Aardklop

Anti Thesis Antithesis is an experimental project that investigates the subject of "institutional critique`, further exploring neo consumerist culture and the invisible laws of unwanted publicity - taking Photographs without someones' permission This 'situational happening' was meticulously designed to attract the audience's attention, persuading them to take photos of the performance while a dance troupe engaged the audience through improvised movements and the use of installation mirrors.The photographers were instructed to take photos of the audience who were taking photos of the performance. The aim here is for the artists to avoid having their photos taken without permission, by taking photos of the photographers while using the mirrors of the dancers to their advantage. Alumni-saal building, we will be running

blind drawing workshops with visiting artist A'shua Imran

Date : 2 - 8 October 2017

Time : 10:00am - 17:00pm