Unframed Podcast

UNFRAMED  |  Podcast , ±51 min episodes every 3 weeks, 4 days  | 
Unframed is a podcast exploring the contemporary arts in South Africa. Through conversations with visual arts professionals - including artists, curators, gallerists, writers, collectors - we hope to gain inspiration and insight into the industry and people’s careers. The series is hosted by Anthea Pokroy, a Johannesburg-based artist, photographer and founder of Assemblage.

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14
MAY

EP27 / Interview: 'Artists in Isolation' with Phumulani Ntuli

In this episode, I chat with Phumulani Ntuli about his artistic practice. This is the 5th episode in a series on Unframed called “Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists.

Ntuli is a Johannesburg-based artist who holds BTech in Visual Arts from the University of Johannesburg. In 2017, he completed a Master in Fine Art – in the Public Sphere in Switzerland. Ntuli’s work merges the ambit of artistic research, sculpture, video installations and performative practices, concerning the tensions between documentary and the archive, and fiction and imagined narratives.
06
MAY

EP26 / Interview: 'Artists in Isolation' with Sandile Radebe

In this episode, I chat with Sandile Radebe about his artistic practice. This is the 4th episode in a series on Unframed called "Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists.

Sandile is a Johannesburg-based artist whose main area of interest is art practice in both public and private spaces. He explores these spaces through simulating a new reading of graffiti and, more broadly, the way language works to help construct our realities. Sandile visualised graffiti in abstract sculptural forms and creates installations with these forms to create labyrinthine structures akin to walking in the city.
28
APR

EP25 / Interview: 'Artists in Isolation' with Mmabatho Grace Mokalapa

In this episode, I chat with Mmbatho Grace Mokalapa about her artistic practice. This is the third episode in a series on Unframed called "Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists.

Mmbatho Grace Mokalapa, born in Soweto in 1992, is a Johannesburg-based visual artist. She obtained a BA Fine arts degree in 2015 from the University of the Witwatersrand. After graduating, she became a recipient of a studio bursary at Assemblage Studios, funded by the African Arts Trust. Since that time she has been practicing as a full-time artist, and currently has a studio at August House in Johannesburg. Working in drawing, painting, sculpture, sound and video, her art practice is focussed on the subjective sublime experience of physical space, spacial voids, and how we engage with the idea of empty or other worldly spaces.

Enjoy listening to my coversation with Grace.
23
APR

EP24 / Interview: 'Artists in Isolation' with Chloë Reid

This is the second episode in a series on Unframed called "Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists. On today’s show, I chat with Chloë Reid about her artistic and curatorial practice.

Chloë Reid is an artist from Johannesburg. She is interested in everyday sociology and the relationship between reading, writing and artistic practice. She holds degrees from the Michaelis School of Fine Art and the Glasgow School of Art and was awarded a year-long fellowship at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios in 2018. She has exhibited and curated locally and internationally and produced two collections of very short fiction. In 2019 she established gallery, gallery with the aim of developing an embodied framework for artists, writers and curators that foregrounds collaboration and exchange. She is currently pursuing an MA in Creative Writing at Wits.
20
APR

EP23 / Interview: 'Artists in Isolation' with Io Makandal

This is the first episode in a series on Unframed called "Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists. On today’s show, I chat with Io Makandal about her artistic practice.

Io Makandal is an interdisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg. Working primary with drawing and installation, her practice is concerned with the processes of entropy, the binary between nature and artifice, living and dying, urban ecology and architecture and order and chaos. Makandal holds a BA Fine Art at Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT in Cape Town (2010) and is currently a Masters candidate at Wits School of Art with Scholarship. Makandal has exhibited in group exhibitions both locally and internationally and has had two solo exhibitions in Johannesburg. Her work is a part of several private and corporate collections.
31
MAR

EP21 / Talk: 'The Quest for Sustainable Art Platforms' at Cape Town Art Fair

The panel examines the current and possible future model of art platforms and institutional spaces as self-sustainable entities. Challenges around sustainability for art platforms are well theorized and yet remains a question that most non-commercial entities grapple with. Competing for the same shrinking pot of funds and maintaining the intellectual autonomy of the projects while juggling the needs of the funder is a real challenge. How do we keep our doors open while occupying the space and practitioners that the museums and commercial entities do not reach?

MODERATOR: Nkule Mabaso (Curator, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town)

PANELLISTS:
Premesh Lalu (Factory of the Arts, UWC)
Georgina Maxim (Village Unhu Collective, Harare)
Angela Shaw (Director of KZNSA, Kwa-Zulu Natal)
Kabelo Malatsi (Independent Curator, Johannesburg)
24
MAR

EP20 / Talk: ‘Museums in the 21st Century’ at Cape Town Art Fair

Traditionally art museums have functioned as a sanctuary, a place for meditation whilst also offering education. They have also been a cultural resource contributing to the economic engine that has strengthened local businesses through cultural tourism. In recent years, this model of museums as a shrine to history has been rethought particularly with an interest to dramatically increase audiences of every kind, whilst also recognizing the role technology plays in everyday lives. It is said that museums have gone from, “being about something to being for somebody”. Such a shift in perspective has raised many questions about what was and could be a museum in the 21stcentury. This panel will explore the various ways museums respond to pressures and challenges of the coming decade.

MODERATOR: Tumelo Mosaka (Curator, New York)

PANELLISTS
Adriana Rispoili  (Independent Curator, Italy)
Koyo Kouoh (Dir. Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town)
Sonia Lawson (Dir. Palais de Lomé, Lomé)
Nana Oforiatta-Ayim (Founder and director of ANO Institute of Contemporary Arts, Accra)

(text courtesy of Investec Cape Town Art Fair)
30
OCT
2019

EP19 / Interview: '9 Years of Assemblage' with Louise van der Bijl

Episode 19 is a very special and important one to me - with my friend and colleague Louise van Der Bijl. In 2010, Louise and I co-founded Assemblage, a non-profit artist-run organisation, which aimed to provide support, education and networks for emerging artists. After 9 years of hosting many workshops, peer mentoring sessions, exhibitions and studio spaces - all of which encouraged community, sharing, collaboration and professional practice for hundreds of artists - Assemblage has decided to close its metaphorical doors. In this episode, Louise and I reflect on how and why Assemblage started, our failures and successes, the ever-changing Johannesburg arts landscape and our ultimate decision to close the organization.
15
OCT
2019

EP18 / Talk: 'On David Koloane' with Thembinkosi Goniwe & Justin Davy

This episode is another recorded talk from the art fair week in September of this year, 2019. It was recorded at Art Joburg and is a conversation about the great and influential David Koloane who passed away at the age of 81 in June this year. I was so happy to hear that this talk was happening at Art Joburg, as I was planning an episode remembering the life and work of David Koloane. Both speakers, art historian and curator Thembinkosi Goniwe and Goodman gallery curator Justin Davy, worked intimately with David in the last few months of his life, pulling together his prolific and profound body of work for a major retrospective exhibition. Fortunately, David was able to see the first incarnation of the exhibition at Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town in June this year but sadly would not live to see its second incarnation at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg which opened just last week and runs until 6 December.

Thank you to Art Joburg for allowing me to record this talk and to publish it on Unframed, and to Thembinkosi and Justin for an insightful and poignant tribute to David Koloane.
02
OCT
2019

EP17 / Talk: 'How to change the art world in 2 hours' at Latitudes Art Fair 2019

This episode is a talk that I recorded as part of Latitudes Art Fair last month, September 2019. It is an informal panel discussion, which was hosted by the brilliant Michelle Constant, is entitled “How to change the art world in 2 hours”. Thirteen artists, curators, gallerists, critics and arts advocates were invited to respond to this provocation. Each speaker had 5 minutes to champion their utopian wishes or practical solutions to make the art world a more supportive, equal and engaged space.

Thank you to Latitudes Art Fair for allowing me to record this talk and to publish it on the Unframed platform. Enjoy listening to this wonderfully interesting and collaborative presentation.

This is the list of speakers in order and where to find them:

Hosted by Michelle Constant @michelleconstant_

Sean O’Toole - Journalist, art critic and editor @seanwotoole
Mike Mavura - Stellenbosch Triennale / Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography @tigere_mavura @stellenboschtriennale
Valerie Kabov - Director at First Floor Gallery Harare, Editor at large Art Africa Magazine @firstfloorgalleryharare
Sibongile Metsing - South African Mint @southafricanmint
Roelof van Wyk - Artist, Director of the Social Impact Arts Prize @afrikanae @socialimpactartsprizeza
Tamzin Lovell - Artfundi Art Management Software Founder and Director @tamzinlovellmiller
Pitika Ntuli - Sculptor, poet, writer and academic @pitika_ntuli
Daudi Karungi - Artist, curator, owner of Afriart Gallery @afriartgallery @daudikarungi
Kefiloe Siwisa - Curator @womlambo
Zen Marie - Artist and academic @znmarie
Michael Memeo - Director at Gallery TINY Harlem @gallerytinyharlem
Stephen Hobbs - Artist, Co-director at The Trinity Session @hobbsstep @thetrinitysession
Mbali Tshabalala - Artist, Curator @mbali_tshabalala_
26
SEP
2019

EP 16 / Talk: Sam Nhlengethwa & William Kentridge at Wits Art Museum

This episode is a talk that I recorded at the Wits Art Museum in July 2019, between two prolific South African artists, Sam Nhlengethwa and William Kentridge, over the time that Sam’s print retrospective was displayed at WAM.

This talk continues from a previous conversation between the two last year at the Centre for the Less Good Idea. Both artists were born in 1955, a fact on which the talk was premised, and engaged how their lives and careers have grown in parallel, sometimes converging, over the decades. The conversation is moderated by the wonderful Neil Dundas, a curator at the Goodman Gallery who has worked with both men for many decades.

The focus of this conversation is largely on how music has been so influential to both their art practices and they have compiled a playlist which they refer to during the talk. Those music pieces haven’t always translated well in the recording so I have included the playlist below so you can listen to each song with more appreciation.

On iTunes: https://music.apple.com/za/playlist/sam-william-at-wam-2019/pl.u-38oWXm4sZlZbaL
On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0M9hFoHYaXkfXPEtdDjOSB

Enjoy listening to this engaging conversation with Sam Nhlengethwa and William Kentridge.

Thank you to Wits Art Museum for allowing me to record this talk and publish it on Unframed.

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