Mia Chaplin at Cité Internationale Des Artes

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Mia Chaplin has been selected to take part in a 2 month residency programme at Cité Internationale Des Artes in the Marais district, Paris.

“Ever since the Cité internationale des arts was founded in 1965, artists have been coming from all over the world to take part in our artist-in-residence programmes. The Cité encourages cross-cultural dialogue and provides a place where artists can meet with their public and other professionals.”

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Lungiswa Gqunta at Rijksakademie

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Lungiswa Gqunta has been selected for the Rijksakademie Residency in 2019.

The Rijksakademie contributes to the development and renewal of the artistic practice by carefully selecting talented and ambitious artists for a work period. This two-year program offers artists theoretical, technical and artistic facilities. Research into, experimentation with, and development of the work are central aspects in the programme. The new group joins the 25 artists who started their residency in 2018.

The selection committee consists of internationally renowned artists and professionals who are attached to the Rijksakademie and act as advisors. The advisors guide and coach the artists during their residency through studio visits and theoretical guidance.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD Artists at Cairns Art Gallery

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that works by Buhlebezwe Siwani, Athi-Patra Ruga and Mohau Modisakeng will be included in the exhibition “Continental Drift” at the Cairns Art Gallery in Queensland, Australia which will take place from 6 July to 23 September 2018

Continental Drift highlights the shared experiences of contemporary blak/black artists from South Africa and north Australia.  While both countries have different histories, British colonisation had dramatic effects on their black peoples, many of which continue to be experienced today.

Australian artists represented in the exhibition are Fiona Foley, Tony Albert, Michael Cook, Dale Harding, Hannah Bronte, Gordon Hookey, Paul Bong and Archie Moore; South African artists represented in the exhibition are Mohau Modisakeng, Berni Searle, Mary Sibande, Zanele Muholi, Buhlebezwe Siwani, Kudzanai Chiurai and Athi-Patra Ruga.

The supporting publication includes essays by Professor Neelika Jayewardene and Carly Lane. Neelika is an Associate Professor of English at the State University of New York-Oswego, a founding member of the online magazine, Africa is a Country, and grew up in Zimbabwe. Carly Lane is a Murri woman from Queensland and is the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

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Lungiswa Gqunta at Gasworks, London

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce Lungiswa Gqunta’s residency at Gasworks in London, which runs from 2 July – 17 September 2018.

During her residency at Gasworks Lungiswa plans to further extend the notion of displacement explored in her previous works by creating interventions that evoke and represent some of the physical discomfort experienced as a result of displacement and living in and among violent structures of oppression.

As part of her residency, Lungiswa will also engage with The Showroom and the London iteration of the international project Women on Aeroplanes, which is being developed together with The Otolith Collective (Kodwo Eshun and Anjalika Sagar). Led by curators Annett Busch, Magdalena Lipska and Marie-Helene Gutberlet, the overarching Women on Aeroplanes project is conceived as five exhibitions at five different spaces in Africa and Europe (2017–19), including ifa-Gallery (Berlin), Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos), Iwalewahaus (Beyreuth) and The Museum of Modern Art(Warsaw). It will look closely at the largely untold stories of women and the important roles they played in the long history of the struggle for independence by African nations in the 1950s and 60s, as well as in the avant-garde art history of the continent. Through contemporary women’s and feminist voices and art practices, the project will make visible women’s contribution within the context of communities and relations; going far beyond the mere replacement of the heroes of independence with the heroines of liberation.

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