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Cape ReSoundings: South African Collaborations and Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Artist Residency with a South African Focus

Overview

Cape ReSoundings: South African Collaborations and Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Artist Residency with a South African Focus 2015

Overview

Cape ReSoundings: South African Collaborations and Interventions: An Interdisciplinary Artist Residency with a South African Focus 2015

An interdisciplinary artist residency program with a South African focus, Cape ReSoundings foregrounds artists as catalysts for dialogues centered on history, race, diversity, civic and communal justice, among other things, but above all, the capacity of the arts to creatively intervene in rehearsed positions and ways of seeing.

Image credit: Garth Erasmus, Boog van die Testimonie (Arc of the Testimony), from Boog van die Testimonie series, 2003. Correction fluid and ink over lithographic multiples. © Garth Erasmus

People

René J. Marquez was born in the Philippines and raised in the US. He was trained as a painter and drawer, and currently works in other various forms, including video and social practice. His work emerges from postcolonial autobiography and history. His research in postcolonial subjectivities intersects with Animal Studies as he explores human-nonhuman intersubjectivity and ontological status. His studio investigations brought him to found and run Free to Be Dog Haven, a sanctuary for dogs, the focus of his studio practice. He has presented his work at conferences internationally, including Warsaw, New Delhi, and Sao Paulo. Past exhibitions include the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the International Center of Photography, the Banff Centre, University of California-Irvine, among others. He has also published in The International Journal of the Arts in Society and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Marquez received his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds an MA in Asian Studies from Cornell University. He resides in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan area where he serves on the faculty and as Interim Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

Julie L. McGee, an art historian with specialties in African American art and contemporary African art, has published widely on contemporary African American art and South African art, with particular focus on artist and museum praxis. She joined the University Museums of the University of Delaware as curator of African American art in 2008 after a dozen years on the faculty of Bowdoin College and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. McGee has written and lectured extensively on African American art and contemporary art in South Africa. She has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and Guga S’Thebe Community Arts Centre in Langa (Cape Town), South Africa. With Vuyile C. Voyiya, McGee co-produced the documentary film The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art. In 2011-2012 she held the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. She holds an appointment in Black American Studies as Associate Professor.

Colin Miller is Program Manager for University of Delaware-Africa Initiative, Institute for Global Studies, with a joint appointment in the Music Department where he teaches a course on South African jazz and popular music. Originally from South Africa, he has a wealth of knowledge gained from working with community based arts and culture programs in Southern Africa. He was deputy director for the Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council in Johannesburg, and tasked with implementing exchange programs involving artists and cultural practitioners within the Southern Africa region. He served as adviser to the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) in Pretoria and played a key role in identifying art projects that promoted the development goals of SDC. He serves as administrative director for the highly successful Washington Fellowship Leadership Initiative hosted at the University of Delaware.

Ikem Stanley Ifejika Okoye is Associate Professor of Art History at the University. He also holds a joint appointment in Black American Studies and serves as Director of the African Studies Program. Okoye is also National Chair of the Association of African Studies Programs (USA). His work on both African and African Diaspora histories of art, photography, film and architecture (including its European and contemporary Asian dimensions), have been published in several journals including the Art Bulletin, Interventions– a journal of Postcolonial Studies, RES _Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, as well as in edited books that have included Architecture and Pictures (Koehler and Anderson eds.), The Anthropologies of Art (Mariet Westermann, ed.), and Strangers, Diasporas, Exiles (Kobena Mercer [ed.]), Art History and Fetishism Abroad (Meincke and Genge, eds.) and J.D ‘Okhai. Ojeikere -Photography (Bisi Silva, ed.). His current research focuses on the landscapes of slavery in West Africa especially in relation to sculpture and its representations. His previous work, focused on architecture in the early colonial southern Nigeria is the subject of a forthcoming book Hideous Architecture (Leiden: Brill).

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UDaily article- UD international visiting artist-in-residence Garth Erasmus

Artists Garth Erasmus and Siemon Allen to be featured in celebratory exhibition opening–A celebratory opening of the University Museums exhibition “ReSoundings,” will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 9, in the Mechanical Hall Gallery.  UDaily article

Garth Erasmus and bamboo sax

Garth Erasmus, Colin David Miller and Ruth Toole perform

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People

Ikem Stanley Ifejika Okoye is Associate Professor of Art History at the University. He also holds a joint appointment in Black American Studies and serves as Director of the African Studies Program. Okoye is also National Chair of the Association of African Studies Programs (USA). His work on both African and African Diaspora histories of art, photography, film and architecture (including its European and contemporary Asian dimensions), have been published in several journals including the Art Bulletin, Interventions-- a journal of Postcolonial Studies, RES _Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics, as well as in edited books that have included Architecture and Pictures (Koehler and Anderson eds.), The Anthropologies of Art (Mariet Westermann, ed.), and Strangers, Diasporas, Exiles (Kobena Mercer [ed.]), Art History and Fetishism Abroad (Meincke and Genge, eds.) and J.D ‘Okhai. Ojeikere -Photography (Bisi Silva, ed.). His current research focuses on the landscapes of slavery in West Africa especially in relation to sculpture and its representations. His previous work, focused on architecture in the early colonial southern Nigeria is the subject of a forthcoming book Hideous Architecture (Leiden: Brill).
Colin Miller is Program Manager for University of Delaware-Africa Initiative, Institute for Global Studies, with a joint appointment in the Music Department where he teaches a course on South African jazz and popular music. Originally from South Africa, he has a wealth of knowledge gained from working with community based arts and culture programs in Southern Africa. He was deputy director for the Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council in Johannesburg, and tasked with implementing exchange programs involving artists and cultural practitioners within the Southern Africa region. He served as adviser to the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) in Pretoria and played a key role in identifying art projects that promoted the development goals of SDC. He serves as administrative director for the highly successful Washington Fellowship Leadership Initiative hosted at the University of Delaware.
Julie L. McGee, an art historian with specialties in African American art and contemporary African art, has published widely on contemporary African American art and South African art, with particular focus on artist and museum praxis. She joined the University Museums of the University of Delaware as curator of African American art in 2008 after a dozen years on the faculty of Bowdoin College and a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. McGee has written and lectured extensively on African American art and contemporary art in South Africa. She has curated exhibitions for the David C. Driskell Center, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and Guga S’Thebe Community Arts Centre in Langa (Cape Town), South Africa. With Vuyile C. Voyiya, McGee co-produced the documentary film The Luggage is Still Labeled: Blackness in South African Art. In 2011-2012 she held the Dorothy Kayser Hohenberg Chair of Excellence in Art History at the University of Memphis. She holds an appointment in Black American Studies as Associate Professor.
René J. Marquez was born in the Philippines and raised in the US. He was trained as a painter and drawer, and currently works in other various forms, including video and social practice. His work emerges from postcolonial autobiography and history. His research in postcolonial subjectivities intersects with Animal Studies as he explores human-nonhuman intersubjectivity and ontological status. His studio investigations brought him to found and run Free to Be Dog Haven, a sanctuary for dogs, the focus of his studio practice. He has presented his work at conferences internationally, including Warsaw, New Delhi, and Sao Paulo. Past exhibitions include the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Bronx Museum of the Arts, the International Center of Photography, the Banff Centre, University of California-Irvine, among others. He has also published in The International Journal of the Arts in Society and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. Marquez received his MFA in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds an MA in Asian Studies from Cornell University. He resides in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania metropolitan area where he serves on the faculty and as Interim Chair of the Department of Art at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware.

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UDaily article- UD international visiting artist-in-residence Garth Erasmus

Artists Garth Erasmus and Siemon Allen to be featured in celebratory exhibition opening–A celebratory opening of the University Museums exhibition “ReSoundings,” will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept 9, in the Mechanical Hall Gallery.  UDaily article

Garth Erasmus and bamboo sax

Garth Erasmus, Colin David Miller and Ruth Toole perform

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