Making Neighbourhood

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Sydelle Willow Smith (SA), 2012 AIR residency winner, is a freelance photographer/filmmaker born in Johannesburg and based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has traveled widely through the African continent as a photographer/filmmaker. Sydelle has a background in social Anthropology (focusing on Visual Anthropology) with an undergraduate in Video Production focusing on Cinematography. Her work has READ MORE

Artists In Residency

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Why We Do It Artists in Africa have limited opportunities to participate in artist in residency programmes compared to artists from Europe, North America, Asia, and Latin America. Very few residency programmes exist in Africa, and contemporary art circles around the world often lack knowledge and recognition of African artists. Even when accepted to residency READ MORE

Everyday African Urbanism

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The Food Security Lab The Food Security Lab comprised 16 months of research within a community called Kanana, in Gugulethu, Cape Town. Research focused on how residents managed their food requirements in households that earned a monthly income of R4,000 or less. The Food Security Lab examined the following questions: Why did the subjects purchase the READ MORE

Talking Heads

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Why We Do It Mainstream messages about Africa rarely articulate the nuance of contemporary Africa and its people. Negative clichés crowd out an understanding of the diversity of existence on the continent. People both outside and inside the continent lack access to the ideas and narratives of contemporary Africans. This lack of access harms how READ MORE

Infecting The City

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Why We Do It In South Africa, the legacy of apartheid excludes many from accessing artistic spaces such as theatres and galleries. Infecting the City aims to bring socially-engaged, dynamic art into inclusive public spaces, at the same time reinventing these spaces as welcoming and imaginative. Infecting the City gives voice to diverse artists from READ MORE