This year the Sylt Foundation has embarked on a new cooperation with the Turbine Art Fair. Together our two institutions support South Africa´s emerging art scene with a brand new award. A jury of art experts will choose the winner for the new “TAF & Sylt Emerging Artist Residency Award”. This award offers a 2 months residency on the island of Sylt for reflection and art production. The lucky winner will be with us!!
We will also celebrate our ongoing cooperation with the Absa L´Atelier Award and talk with painter Jaco van Schalkwyk, who was last year´s Absa winner of the Sylt residency. We are excited to meet the Sylt winner of 2014, too. He/She will be announced at the Absa L´Atelier Award ceremony on Wednesday, 16th July. So here is a real surprise in store!!
We will introduce our latest art exchange programme: the Sylt Foundation aims to link South African and Cambodian artists and has initiated a cooperation with the SaSa Bassac Art Space in Phnom Penh. We welcome South African artist Minette Vari, who will be the first to travel to Cambodia in autumn next year. Cambodian photographer Lim Sokchanlina will be the first artist in residence in our space in Melville in November 2014.
In August/September the jozi art:lab will host the Japanese composer Tomoko Momiyama. This is part of a cooperation with the Unyazi Electronic Music Festival, a great festival we are very happy to support. Festival curator Cameron Harris and pianist Jill Richards will join us and tell us more about the events that will happen in spring and offer us samples of Tomoko´s music, too.
In September German writer Felicitas Hoppe will be staying at the jozi art:lab. Felicitas has been invited by the Goethe Institute and will read in various institutions and schools. Not only a highly acclaimed writer, who was awarded the most prestigious German literary award, the “Büchner Prize” in 2011, Felicitas is also an exceptional scholar and social commentator. We are looking forward to welcoming her at our new event of the “New South African Voices” at the Goethe Institute on the 16th September, where Raks Seakgwa and I will present her together with South African writer Ivan Vladislavic.
And of course there is even much more to discover on our stand:
Artist books, such as that by South Africa´s most famous land artist Strijdom van der Merwe, he produced after his residency on Sylt.
We will show the works of South African artists Kai Lossgott (winner of the South African Visual Artist Residency 2014/ a cooperation with Art Source South Africa) and sculptor Lucas Thobejane, two of our Sylt residents in 2014.
Discover works by Czech photographer Dita Pepe which she made during her residency at jozi art:lab in April this year.
For all those who could not see Tuomo Manninen´s successful show of Soweto portraits at the Shack in Orlando West last month we still have some of them to showcase at TAF.