DOES CONTEMPORARY ART HAVE A NATIONAL IDENTITY?

  • From: March 19, 2013     To: November 28, 2014
DOES CONTEMPORARY ART HAVE A NATIONAL IDENTITY?

LECTURE BY WINNIE SZE

Venue: Barry Lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum
Time: 17:30
Members R20, Non-Members R40, Students R20

Is there an “African art”, or for that matter, a “Chinese” or “Lebanese” arts?  What drives it, an artist’s country of birth, education and or residence? Should there be “African-ness” when we look an “African’s” work or “Indian-ness” in an “Indian’s”?  This question of identity and geography is being explored by artists and theoreticians, in studios and at international exhibitions, at practical and theoretical levels.

Contemporary art curator Winnie Sze proposes a discussionwith the Friends of SA National Gallery.  She will focus on images of works from international exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA (13) and the Paris Triennale by way of starting the dialogue. 

South Africa will be the 5th country Winnie Sze has lived in, further complicating how she thinks of her national identity.  She would like to use this personal dilemma as a springboard to discuss whether contemporaryart has a national identity.  Winnie studied art at the University of British Columbia, under Jeff Wall, and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  She ran AUGUST art, a hybrid gallery, in London, UK until her recent move to South Africa.

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