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The CAPE AFRICA PLATFORM (CAPE) is a groundbreaking cultural project located in Cape Town, South Africa. CAPE aims to culturally connect Cape Town, South Africa, Africa and the Diaspora by creating a contemporary African art event – rooted in the local but global in impact.

CAPE is seeking multiple proposals from artists for CAPE 09, its second biennale exhibition of contemporary African Culture, to take place from 2 May till 19 June 2009. Please download our 1-minute video if you are interested.

CAPE 09 is about life today: the people, the connections and networks they make up – from creatively understanding new media, to analyzing how questions of colonialism have been deeply transformed by networked society.

CAPE 09 seeks to explore networks that accentuate the contemporary characteristics of Africa and provide a stage for communications between communities and citizens activities.

The narrative of the event is initiated from the city of Cape Town itself. The city as a network requires a re-imagining of how we move and engage with each other. Artists are therefore asked to propose public interactions rather than exhibitions, and to intervene or present their works in a series of pre-selected networked spaces that represent the every day that is our common ground: venues and sites, both public and private, along the axis Church Square (CAPE’s office/gallery space) – Metrorail Station, through Parliament and Plein Street. Potential satellite exhibition sites are Lookout Hill, Khayelitsha and the CAPE’s Arts Awareness Programme areas Nyanga, Manenberg and Klapmuts.

For its second biennale CAPE has been working with a team of five young curators. In addition to theirproposals CAPE is currently seeking proposals for small and medium-sized interactions through this call.

CAPE aims at a local audience, particularly addressing Cape Town’s youth.

Proposals for CAPE 09 may pre-empt (larger or follow-up) events for CAPE 2010 (May – July 2010).

Proposals must include artists’ biographies, venue/site description (in case this forms part of the proposal) and detailed logistic and budgetary information.

Deadline for proposals: 30 October 2008

Proposals may be posted to PO Box 15806, Vlaeberg 8018 or be hand-delivered to 8 Spin Street, Cape Town8000.

For more information call 27-21-461 2325 or write to info@capeafrica.org

CAPE reserves the right to select or refuse any submission, even not to select any.

by [a former member] at 2008-10-22 22:32:36 UTC Brooklyn , United States | Bookmark | | Report spam→

i like.

by Ana Elisa Fuentes | 23 Oct 2008 03:10 | | Report spam→
Please be warned that that many local artists are boycotting this elitist event. But maybe, again like last year, foreign artists will enjoy being carted around the townships,like Khayelistha, and viewing the locals, as they the locals are animals in a zoo or nature reserve.

by Olav Hector | 24 Oct 2008 13:10 (ed. Oct 24 2008) | CAPE TOWN, South Africa | | Report spam→
PLease expand…!

by [former member] | 24 Oct 2008 18:10 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
I agree with Anamitra. This is a pretty strong accusation, Olav. If you are going to post a comment like that then please contextualize it. I do not doubt that what you say could be true, but without further explanation you put your own credibility on the line. What you say could be true OR you could just as easily be someone who was excluded from a good thing for whatever reasons and are now bitter or resentful over it. That’s the nature of the internet. In any case, thanks to Damaso for making us aware of this and I look forward to more info.

by Pablo Delano | 26 Oct 2008 16:10 | Hartford, Connecticut, United States | | Report spam→
Firstly I want to thank Damaso for keeping us informed about what is happening around the world. To expand on my statement above: I made an observation based on conversations with artist friends who have participated in the previous Cape Africa Platform. I have never participated or entered, and so have no reason to be bitter. I am not advocating that people participate or do not participate. According to several of my artist friends, all locally and internationally successful in their own right, they feel that in Cape Town, not only in this event, they are continuously side-lined by the powers that be for the regular clique of artists who are represented by certain galleries or art stables. These artist friends are too afraid of victimization to speak out publicly. My reason for making this statement is that, should you participate, you be aware that you’ll be part of a very small clique and not to be lead to believe that it is representative. The choice is always yours, I have nothing to lose or gain.

by Olav Hector | 26 Oct 2008 22:10 | CAPE TOWN, South Africa | | Report spam→
Well let’s hope if any LSers choose to participate they can elevate the conversation so to say. Most of these kinds of events tend to be insular but that doesn’t mean something positive can’t come out of it. Our job as photojournalists is to break out of our comfort zones and to connect with our subjects. I hope whoever participates in this event can do that…

by [former member] | 27 Oct 2008 15:10 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for the post Damaso! I love your photo work!

by Leonardo Martins | 22 Nov 2008 23:11 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | | Report spam→
I echo Leonardo. Damaso, you do so much to inform and empower photographers. Thank you so much!

by Ana Elisa Fuentes | 23 Nov 2008 01:11 | | Report spam→
Olav, do you think being a black photographer in New York and or in America is any different.
Having white photographers chosen to go photograph Haiti, Africa, the Caribbean, South and parts of North America where most of the pictures come back with black and brown subjects; and the local artists, black and brown from these regions are overlooked, does not paint a different scenario from what is happening in Cape Town. It happens everywhere Olav, its funny that you can only see it happening in South Africa. It is the way it is now, maybe in time, we will get to a place where everyone feels like they are getting a fair share of the pie. It is funny to me though.

by Ruddy Roye | 27 Nov 2008 06:11 (ed. Nov 27 2008) | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Radcliffe, the last thing I wanted was a racist us and them debate. Nobody owes me any favours. My work, which I believe is ethical, must speak for itself. I find it extremely funny that in your humour you would think that there are only “black and brown” victims. A victim is a victim. Let’s stop this pigeonholing. Elitism is Elitism. But I know what is coming my way now….“Oh we are historically raped, blah, blah, blah”. Only I CAN RELEASE MYSELF FROM ANY OPPRESSION, VICTIMHOOD ETC., ETC., ETC.

by Olav Hector | 27 Nov 2008 17:11 | CAPE TOWN, South Africa | | Report spam→
Olev here is my Truth:
I am not trying to start a debate. Neither am I trying to debase you or make this personal. I do not know your work but believe that if you are a part of this community then there are people here whose respect you have earned and visi versa. My life as a 39 year old is mine and in it there are some pillars that are constructed purely on personal struggles and hard work—like you.
I believe, and this is personal, that there are countries whose wealth was established on the backs of black and brown folks, and whose ideology has trickled down to its generation, who are comfortable in their roles as collaborators to the continued colonial structure of their society. By this I mean, and I am clear about this, “There are some people who believe that they DESERVE to be where they are without even thinking about how their people got there on whose backs they stand because they were not the ones who did it.” How many times have you heard that slavery was hundreds of years ago, or my family did not have slaves or believe in slavery. Yet, they are happy to stand on the fruits of the establishments of slavery. Now look how quickly you were ready to divert from who victims are, I believe that you are in South Africa so your victims are going to be predominantly black and brown and a whole heap of women, (women being another “victim”) in all of this victim stuff :-)
I will prove it to you. Have you ever heard, Wolf Blitzer, Lou Dobbs, Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather and all the other well established journalists go on national tv and say Slavery was a travesty and blacks should get reparations or the natives were tricked and should get back their land. I believe that they are HAPPY and do not rock the boat on subjects that jeopardizes this long established colonial positions. Now this is what I meant by my first text. This is what is funny to me, because in the end, the white establishment is not going to switch roles with the “victims.” And that’s for real

by Ruddy Roye | 28 Nov 2008 08:11 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Radcliffe, as a descendant of the first people of Southern Africa, the San and the Khoi, and a descendant of slaves, where do I start? I believe we should start today.End the Servitude to banks and corporate giants that are now going to be bailed out by Emperor Obama with your money. Don’t you think it is a good start. These guys don’t care about skin colour.

by Olav Hector | 29 Nov 2008 00:11 | CAPE TOWN, South Africa | | Report spam→
Here goes,
My Emperor Barrack Hussain Obama will do whatever it takes to stabilize his country’s economy.
Secondly, I are not talking about banks and corporate giants here, I am talking about the effort it will take each and every one of us to make the right statement by standing up for what is just and right for all victims. What is right thing to do then is the question and one you should have asked this community before lording over us like Emperor Olev to broadcast your opinion and view point.
I am not mad at you though. I tend to do that same things too. However, when you stand corrected, don’t divert, don’t bring our already laden President Obama in to rescue your callous and brutish behaviour. Just imagine for a second why black and brown people are proud to see him where he is. Its a shame that it appear to be like the second coming seeing a black president in the white house. It should have been as normal as the colour of our blood but as we all know….Our victims HAVE been “historically raped and blah, blah, blah,” and this moment of Obamaism is a reprieve that echoes voices from their past that proclaim black and brown people to be equal in every way to every one else here on this dirt.
Despite your ancestry, you can be racist if you allow yourself. Sometimes I feel racist. I admit it. But I work at it every day. Every day is a moment of triumph because I allow myself to immerse into something that washes me and makes me righteous and that is the belief that my photography tells my story better than my mouth can. It is not perfect, it is only…what it is
1. we have never been given the chance to express our stories
2. Our stories were never salable UNLESS it was told from the perspective of the dominant culture.
Now imagine that I am apart of a group of 29 Black photographers who have works as great as any photographer out there spouting books, and whose works have NEVER been seen. They have never gotten paid for it. They have never been recognized. Why shouldn’t I boycott TIME and NEWSWEEK and BARNES and NOBLES and all the others who are somewhat responsible for ignoring my brothers and sisters.
So Olev, it is not personal, I see a double standard and spoke about it. You see an exercise in elitism and want to highlight it. Nothing wrong with that.

by Ruddy Roye | 29 Nov 2008 07:11 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
Radcliffe, it was great chatting with you, i can only learn from this.

i can only end this in the words of one of my greatest hero’s Robert Nesta Marley:

Old pirates, yes, they rob i;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took i
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty.
Forward in this generation
Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.


i REST my case

by Olav Hector | 29 Nov 2008 13:11 | CAPE TOWN, South Africa | | Report spam→
You should also try this one.
11: "Who the cap fit, let them wear it :11
A throw mi corn, me never call no fowl

I found the “case” wanting. :-)

by Ruddy Roye | 30 Nov 2008 05:11 | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→

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