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Latitudes Podcast featuring Ekow Eshun
In this episode, host Refiloe Mpakanyane talks to Ekow Eshun; a British writer, journalist, broadcaster and curator, about his abiding penchant for doing the difficult (and sometimes agonising) in order to spark meaningful conversations in audiences. A thoughtful and considered conversationalist, Ekow reflects on a multifaceted and impactful career that has spanned magazines, books, curating and broadcasting.
Latitudes Podcast featuring Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
In this episode, host Refiloe Mpakanyane talks to the dynamic New York born, South African-based multi-media artist Thenjiwe Nkosi, who unpacks the genesis and process behind some of her pieces; she sheds light on her studio practice, as well as her emphatic belief that love can be a force for meaningful change.
Contribute to the National Visual Arts Survey
The National Visual Arts Survey is South Africa’s largest research initiative in the visual arts, and was first undertaken in 2009, resulting in the first major report on the visual arts in 2010. This year, the survey is being undertaken again to assess the changes and developments in the sector since then.
Nigeria might be known for its photographic art but the medium has yet to be fully appreciated
Obásolá Bamigbola can pinpoint the place and time that he picked up a camera with purpose. This Lagos-based photographer had an affinity for image-making from a young age and when drawing and painting failed to satisfy, it was a camera that resonated with his artistic drive.
New shows at Latitudes Centre for the Arts
Latitudes Centre for the Arts (LCA) is proud to present a new exhibition focusing on the work of four artists who offer a thought-provoking window into their interior lives, revealing their most intimate thoughts and delving deep into the new reality and challenges of our contemporary lives.
Latitudes Podcast featuring Charles 'Chuck' Collins
Host Refiloe Mpakanyane talks to San Francisco based Charles 'Chuck' Collins. Whether working in law or heading up his real estate development company or sitting on the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Collins’ career has always bent toward improving the lived experiences of communities. Take a listen.
Speaking Art’s Language
Contemporary art is often criticised for its gradual abandonment of visual coherence in favour of the abstract. In other words, contemporary art’s pretentious dimensions have expanded to include its explanations. This is art because it is art: we’re trapped in a tautological circle. Not only could a child have produced this, but words used to mean things, you know. The greater the waffle, the worse the art; right?
Developing a more sustainable curatorial practice with RMB Latitudes CuratorLab
Curating in the African context is rarely a singular pursuit. In South Africa, as is the case across much of the African continent, interest in curatorial practice is high, while sustainable opportunities and platforms for curators remain slim.
RMB Latitudes CuratorLab 2024
RMB Latitudes CuratorLab is a practice-based, online curatorial residency for emerging curators in Africa. In 2024, ten aspiring curators will be guided through a facilitated online residency, designed to offer practical experience in the industry and to hone their curatorial skills.
Hedwig Barry and the Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction
Le Guin tells us that fiction can be like the carrier bag, a receptacle for all sorts of incidentally found things, and I want to venture that the paintings included in Hedwig Barry’s solo exhibition, Unrest, on show at Guns & Rain until 27 October, do the same thing. They too are tools “that [bring] energy home”.
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