Africa South Art Initiative (ASAI) are hosting two public lectures by eminent and prolific South African artist and poet Lefifi Tladi.
The first takes place on Monday April 4th and will focus on Black archives, where Lefifi will share slides from an extensive archive he has on black artists. The conversation will focus on the challenges Lefifi and his comrades had to get information on the African artists that came before them, and how they intentionally created archives to address this issue for future generations.The discussion will also raise the current issues about how the representation and erasure of African art in canonical space remains an issue for artists and researchers. The slides will cover rarely seen works by Fikile Magadelela, Mothzabane Mashiangwako, Johny Rebeiro, Lefifi Tladi, Sydney Moema, Maselwa Malatji, and Micheal Zondi etc.
The second event that takes place on Tuesday April 5th. Lefifi will focus on the role of the artist in society. He will share slides spanning decades of his work to exemplify how he has attempted to play this role. This conversation will also touch on the social and political importance of creating a South African aesthetic. The Facebook event can be found here.
Lefifi Tladi is an eminent and prolific South African artist and poet. His work has exhibited internationally as well as in South Africa since the 1970s. He is most interested in discussing where the arts is taking the country today. Last year he composed 1,400 proverbs reflecting South Africa’s current situation, and 400 palindromes in Sepedi and Setswana. His most recent solo art exhibitions in South Africa are ‘Lentswe’ (The Voice/The Word) Constitution Hill, Johannesburg in 2013, and ‘Monkgo wa Mothalo’ (Scent of Line) Museum Africa 2011. Both were retrospectives of drawings and graphics.
Monday 4th April
Creating A Black Archive Then and Now! A Conversation with Lefifi Tladi
15:00 – 18:00
AC Jordan Building, Rm 116
UCT, Upper Campus
Tuesday 5th April
How Art Beholds the Elevated Senses: An Applied Conversation with Lefifi Tladi
13:00 – 14:30
Africa South Art Initiative,
Old Medical School Building,
35 Orange Street
UCT Hiddingh Campus