ART PROJECT IN URUGUAY INVOLVING FOUR SOUTH AFRICAN ARTISTS
The Embassy supported an art project of the Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art Museum in Montevideo (“Museo de Arte Precolombina e Indegina” – MAPI) that has been organized by a Uruguayan artist Paula Delgado with the support of the Uruguayan Ministry of Education and Culture and MAPI. The two week project included artists from South Africa (four), Brazil (one), Argentina (one) and Uruguay (four) who were involved in various art workshops in Uruguay.
The Embassy co-hosted the closing reception together with the organizers and the Embassy of Argentina where some of the art work of the artists done during their stay in Uruguay were on display. The Embassy also arranged a small “international wine tasting” in the spirit of this international cooperation. Uruguayan wines, produced by a South African wine maker married to a Uruguayan lady, as well as SA wines made available by the Embassy and Argentinean wines were used. The Director of the Uruguayan wine museum conducted the wine tasting. Flags of the participating countries were on display as well as some posters on SA. The Embassy was reflected as co-sponsor on all the invitations to the various workshops and the closing event.
South Africa and the Embassy enjoyed positive coverage around this event and Ambassador Dawie Jacobs, Charge D’Affaires, and one of the SA artists from Soweto were asked to make statements at the press conference at the launch of the project. The fact that the international team of artists participated in workshops in various centers in Uruguay provided positive and wide exposure. This project, involving artists from leading MERCOSUR countries and SA, and the attendance of the closing event by a wide spectrum of Uruguayan civil society, including the Deputy Minister of Education and Culture and diplomats from other countries, is in line with the Embassy’s aim of strengthening people-to-people cooperation.
The inclusion of SA artists, the only outside the continent, has its roots in the positive experience of Uruguayans in SA. The Uruguayan artist driving the project told the Embassy in the early stages of the project that she was inspired by the warmth of the SA people during her stay in SA and wanted to bring South African artists here to interact with the people of Uruguay. Guests commented on the interesting concept of artists from various countries participating together in various workshops, thereby creating effective interaction and cross-pollination among artists from various countries. The organizers expressed the hope that this project will only be the first of many to follow.
SA EMBASSY, MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY