We are delighted to launch Art Connection Africa, a collaboration between KfW Stiftung and Triangle Network to foster visual art exchanges, capacity building and informal learning activities within Sub-Saharan Africa.
Art Connection Africa begins with two 3-month residencies hosted by Bag Factory, in Johannesburg, in September 2019. The selected participants are: artist Elizabeth Kobusinge Karamagi (Uganda) and curator Fadzai V. Muchemwa (Zimbabwe). They will be followed by the residency of artist and curator Gina Maxim (Zimbabwe) in February 2020.
Elizabeth Kobusinge Karamagi’s work focuses on the impact of normative social behaviour on women’s mental health, their reality and aspirations.
Fadzai V. Muchemwa’s curatorial practice investigates cultural representation, identity, gender and sexuality within the histories of African art, both in the continent and in the diaspora.
Gina Maxim’s work combines weaving, stitching and the use of found textiles to create objects that are often entangled with memory and storytelling. She is also a curator and the co-founder of artists’ collective Village Unhu
The Bag Factory is an independent Non-Profit Organisation that provides a community and studio space for practicing visual artists. With a focus on exchange of ideas and innovation, Bag Factory hosts resident artists’ studios and develops a programme of international residencies, exhibitions, specialist skills workshops and audience outreach activities and events. The Bag Factory has been supporting and promoting the visual arts in South Africa since 1991. It is affiliated with the Triangle Network.
KfW Stiftung is an independent non-profit foundation which focuses on intercultural dialogue in the global context. The foundation creates platforms for international contemporary arts in order to strengthen creativity, freedom of expression and discursive capacity; thereby promoting cultural diversity. KfW Stiftung develops local projects as well as international programmes with cultural producers in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.