Great Texts / Big Questions - Thembinkosi Goniwe

27 Sep 2017 - 10:45

As part of its October 2017 Great Texts/Big Questions lecture series focusing on art, institutions, collections and curation, the Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) proudly presents artist, curator and art historian Thembinkosi Goniwe.

Goniwe will present Art and Discontentment in the Time of Decolonising the University.

The potency of art to incite debates and catalyse transformation was evident during students’ insurgences toward decolonising the South African university in 2015 and 2016. Art partook in politics through individual and collective interventions, curated exhibitions, creative protests and demonstrations. There was also the burning of artworks, interruption of exhibitions, removal of artworks from (public) display and subsequently contentious debates around the safety of artworks, silencing of voices and censorship of expressions. Underlying these interventions and the reactions they instigated is a curious discontentment, which is the subject and critique of this presentation. 

Thembinkosi Goniwe is an artist, curator and art historian whose works have been exhibited both locally and internationally. He has contributed essays to various publications and curated: Space: Currents in Contemporary African Art (2010); Desire: Ideal Narratives in Contemporary South African Art (2011); Impressions of Rorke’s Drift: The Jumuna Collection (2013-2014); Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Context (2015) and Andrew Tshabangu: Footprints (2017). In 2016, Goniwe was awarded an ICA Curatorial Fellowship.

The lecture, followed by an open question and answer session, will take place from 18:00 – 19:30 on Thursday 5 October 2017 in Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31 – 37 Orange Street, Cape Town. 

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About the ICA

The Institute for Creative Arts (ICA) is an interdisciplinary institute in the University of Cape Town's Humanities Faculty – formerly the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA).  The ICA facilitates research projects in the creative and performing arts that disrupt boundaries, while underscoring creative education and practice across discipline and faculty. Interdisciplinarity, Live Art and Public Spheres are key themes of the Institute, and projects are imbued with innovation, collaboration and a dialogue with urbanism and community.