In Rabat, L’appartement 22 Opens, 11 August 2008 Thursday-Saturday 2 pm – 9 pm Close, 11 september 2008
In collaboration with manje-manje projects and as a development of its cooperative curatorial experiment, L’appartement 22 in Rabat (Morocco) will present Scratching the Surface Vol.1 by showing works by Simone Leigh (USA) and Dineo Bopape (SA) :
Simone Leigh, "Back and Forth (Uhura)", 2008, video, 5:01 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
Dineo Bopape, "Under All Means Neccessary", 2006.
SCRATCHING THE SURFACE Vol.1
Scratching the Surface Vol.1 combines new and re-visited visual and performance work by artists working individually and in collaboration, between places on the planet that are becoming less and less disparate as we charge ahead to a global imagining. The result of the first curatorial project of Gabi Ngcobo and Mwenya Kabwe as collective manje-manje projects (m-mp), the exhibition functions as a site for research and experimentation. Triggered by a desire to obliterate - reveal – satisfy - mark – damage, the contagious act of scratching suggests contact between surfaces : walls, grounds, steel, skin etc, the proverbial ‘itch’ transferred to scratch card and suitcase for the gambler and nomad respectively. Scratching the Surface Vol. 1 serves as experiential experiment in exhibition making across continuously blurring artistic disciplines. Much like the dated experience of scratching lesson notes onto a slate, the curatorial process becomes a loop of scratching, re-membering, cleaning, scratching, remembering, cleaning and scratching further hopefully learning, cleaning, scratching... In collaboration with manje-manje projects and as a development of its cooperative curatorial experiment, L’appartement 22 in Rabat (Morocco) will present Scratching the Surface Vol.1 by showing works by Simone Leigh (USA) and Dineo Bopape (SA).
Featured artists : Dineo Seshee Bopape, Kudzanai Chiurai, Gugulective, Bandile Gumbi, Julian Jonker & Garth Erasmus, Donna Kukama, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Simone Leigh, Thando Mama, Zanele Muholi, Kalinosi Mutale, Robin Rhode, Ruth Sacks, Sean Slemon, Alude Mahali, Katy Streek & Penny Youngleson, Mlu Zondi.
CURATED BY : Gabi Ngcobo and Mwenya Kabwe of manje-manje projects
ASSISTED BY : Lerato Bereng (Cape Africa Platform Young Curator)
In Cape Town : AVA Gallery 35 Church Street Opens 6pm, 4 August 2008 Closes 1pm, 21 August 2008 Gallery Hours : mon-fri 9am – 5pm, sat 10am – 1pm. Closed on Sundays More information :
In Rabat, L’appartement 22 Opens, 11 August 2008 Thursday-Saturday 2 pm – 9 pm Close, 11 september 2008 More information www.appartement22.com
with the support (in Cape Town) of : National Lorrery Distribution Fund, Goethe Institute Johannesburg, Spier and Cafe Mozart