GIPCA will join hundreds of art institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, supporting films4peace to celebrate World Peace Day — an international UN day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organisations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace.
films4peace, curated by Mark Coetzee, is an annual short film commission by PUMA.Peace. It features 21 of today’s most innovative artists visually interpreting the subject of peace. Live screenings will be held at major museums globally, including the Bass Museum of Art (Miami, USA) and the Design Museum (London, UK); in public urban spaces, such as the City of Barcelona (Spain) and the Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, USA); educational institutions and youth leadership conferences, such as the H&R Block Artspace, Kansas City Art Institute (USA) and the 2012 One Young World summit (Pittsburgh, USA).
The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art, and are 30- to 90-seconds in length. None of the films are language specific. The artists were selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.
“The fine selection and curation of artists is testament to the seriousness of purpose behind this important global initiative. We feel privileged to join art institutions worldwide to showcase relevant and cutting edge international work to simultaneously mark World Peace Day. Given the upcoming Heritage weekend, it is also a particularly significant time for South Africans” commented Jay Pather, Director of GIPCA.
“Artists confront us with the challenges that face us at this time,” said Mark Coetzee, films4peace curator. “films4peace are both disturbing and inspiring, responsive to the reality of our time but they also ask us to be responsible for our actions. PUMA.Peace wishes to contribute to making the world a better place. A world that is safer, more peaceful and more creative. We are honoured that GIPCA has joined us in this important initiative.”
Curator Mark Coetzee has invited 21 artists to create 17 new works: Janet Biggs (USA) Ergin Cavuşoğlu (Bulgaria) Magali Charrier (France) Gregory Crewdson and Costanza Theodoli-Braschi (USA and UK) Yang Fudong (China) Tom Gran and Kayleigh Gibbons (UK) Max Hattler (Germany) Isaac Julien (UK) Peterson Kamwathi (Kenya) Joe Lawlor and Christine Molloy (Ireland) Nandipha Mntambo (Swaziland) Michael Nyman (UK) Noriko Okaku (Japan) Jacco Olivier (Netherlands) Bill Porter (UK) Levi van Veluw (Netherlands) Hank Willis Thomas and Terence Nance (USA)
In keeping with the spirit of the commission, these films will be gifted to the world, within public domain and screening cost free, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on mutiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally.
The GIPCA screening will take place at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town on Thursday 20 September 2012 at 19:30 (note that this screening is on the night before World Peace Day) and is free. No Booking is necessary. For more information, please contact +27 21 480 7156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.