CONNECTING PEOPLE, IDEAS, AND PRACTICES!
Understanding the arts as a reciprocal resource, a catalyst for innovation and a medium of collectivity!
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00-17:30 , Saturdays 10:00 – 14:00. Entrance is free
A4 ARTS Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the arts in southern Africa. A4 is focused towards practitioners and seeks to accommodate and share exploratory creative processes. The space is a peopled place — embedded and adaptable, grounded and fluid — and we see ourselves as a part of and participants within a complex ecosystem. A4 emerged from a desire to provide nuanced interaction with the arts in southern Africa – aiming to connect people, ideas, and practices at both a local and international level. Recognising and engaging the various economies that comprise cultural practice in southern Africa, we’re working towards new forms of exchange amongst practitioners, publics, intermediaries, and patrons.
The premises opened to the public in September 2017 and encompass a gallery or multimedia project space and an archive. A4 also offers private studio and workshop space. The building is designed to facilitate engagement with and within the arts, to support open education, experimentation, collaboration, and conversation.
A4 Public Library. The library at A4 arts is open to the public throughout A4’s opening hours and is free to use. The library features a selection of publications that investigate visual, social, and spatial thematics with a special focus on Cape Town, southern Africa, and its global circulations.
Recent A4 exhibits; PICTURE THEORY, explored the work of DAVID GOLDBLATT (1930 – 2018) through a showing of his photographic prints, the film GOLDBLATT (2017), a selection of texts, workshops, seminars, residencies, and a reading room. For more than 6 decades, Goldblatt (1930 – 2018) photographed the complexities of daily life in South Africa under the apartheid regime. A social-cartographer, Goldblatt’s life’s work spanned 60 years of vigilant looking, learning and sharing through photography. It emphasised his a longing for rootedness to the land, his quest to delineate the values that underly human connection, and an insatiable aspiration to marry the poetic and the political in a single image.
UPCOMMING & CURRENT FEB 2019 EVENTS: A4 AND DAN PERJOVSCHI
COMMENT, GLOBAL, BLACK ON WHITE, POLITICAL HUMOUR, FREEDOM, ARTIST, CITIZEN
“Born in 1961 in Sibiu, Romania, Dan Perjovschi lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. Trained to be a painter (at the George Enescu University of the Arts in Iasi, Romania). Since the early 1990s Perjovschi’s work has developed into a prolific drawing practice, focusing in particular on the satire.
Perjovschi’s wordplay & drawings have materialised around the world on windows, sidewalks and on the walls of iconic art museums including MoMA, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, Hamburger Kunsthalle,Germany; MOT Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 48th and 52nd Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden and the Tate, London, UK. Hundreds of Perjovschi witty works have been published in literary and political journals, such as Contrapunct and 22.
Unsparing toward the popular clichés circulating in the news media, he raises questions about politics, religion, the role of the individual in the collective, and the relationship of the global and the local.
For his show in February at A4 Arts Foundation, Perjovschi will spend two weeks in residence at A4, engaging the local context and reflecting/refracting his encounters through a constellation of drawings old and new that will be worked directly onto the gallery walls. See you there !
DAN PERJOVSCHI OPENS WEDNESDAY 13TH FEBRUARY 2019; 5 PM
May 13, 2020
February 07, 2020
December 11, 2019