A DECOLONIAL CONVERSATION IN A SPACE WHERE IT MATTERS
Space, context and subject connect in this series of decolonial conversations titled “State of the Townships”, the first of which takes place at the Makukhanye Art Room in Khayelitsha on 16 June 2017 from 3pm to 6pm. The series of events, designed as public conversations to explore the importance of Black art, Black artists and Black communities in a democratic South Africa is conceptualized and hosted by Mandisi Sindo, a recipient of a National Fellowship from the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA).
Prior to each event, an invited writer will submit commentary to a selected respondent for comment. The writer’s commentary will also be made publicly available.
For the conversation on 16 June, writer PastorXola Skosana will submit commentary to respondent Ukhona Mlandu in advance. Skosana and Mlandu will tackle the topic of underprivileged communities and artists, and how they affect the growth of the art industry and South Africa at large. Attendees will be given an opportunity to contribute to discussions around racism, crime, xenophobia, feminism, colonisation, exclusion and homophobia.
The BACAH conversations aim to find concrete ways for art to be used effectively to address social ills and effect change. More importantly these conversations take place away from the traditional centres of these talks at universities and city centres and inside of the communities most affected by the subject of the talks.
Pastor Xola Skosana is an academic, political analyst and author . He is the host of “Welcome to Hell: South African Townships March” from Gugulethu to Khayelitsha and has become known as the “Cross Bearing Pastor” by the media.
Ukhona Mlandu is a creative entrepreneur, facilitator and thinker with over 16 years experience in various aspects of the creative value chain.
Mandisi Sindo is a South African actor, director, voice artist, curator, theatre practitioner and a community activist based in Cape Town. He is the founder, artistic director and CEO of Theatre4Change Arts Project, an NPO based in Khayelitsha with whom he has produced the Kasi-2Kasi Public Art Festival. He is also an art director and producer at the Makukhanye Art Room, the only Shack Theatre in SA.
Additional BACAH concersations take place on 19 August, 23 September and 4 November –watch the press for further details.