Assemblage Studios Residency Artist Talks _ Abri de Swardt and Nombuso Kosazana

Posted: 10 Dec 2015

In September 2015 the Assemblage Studios launched an International Residency programme. We are excited that this programme is now well under way and we invite you to join us for an evening of talks, snacks and drinks to find out more about what the first two resident artists have been up to during their stay with us.

Date: Tuesday 8 December 2015

Time: 6pm

Venue: The Assemblage Studios, 41 Gwi Gwi Mrwebi St, Newtown. Directions can be found here

More about the Residents and Talks:

Photographer Nombuso Kosazana will be talking on the topics of photography as an image and as a way of storytelling and questioning the relationship between the photographer and subject.

Bettina Malcomess* will be in conversation with our current resident artist Abri de Swardt regarding his exhibition SPF Matthew Barney held at the White Cubicle in London, where he presented a new video installation 'The right bodies with the wrong sounds' (2015) made in residence at Assemblage. The work imagines a conversation between Keith Collins and David Wojnarowicz, transposing the whale migration sequence in 'Fantasia 2000' (1999) to dialogue, with the voice operating as animator and orchestra. Please join us for the screening.

*Bettina Malcomess works across disciplines as a writer, curator and artist. She lives between the cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, teaching at several institutions and across the disciplines of art, design and architecture.

Abri de Swardt (b. 1988, Johannesburg) is an artist and writer operating in various modes of collage. He holds a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, as well as a BA in Visual Arts (Fine Art) and a BA Honours in Visual Studies at Stellenbosch University, where he taught part-time in Visual Studies. Recent exhibitions include Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, selected by Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham, and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2015); Sightings, KZNSA, Durban (2015); Men Gather, in Speech…, Cooper Gallery, Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee (2015); Field Work, IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow (2014) and An Experiment to Test the Destiny of the World, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg (2013). De Swardt has held solo exhibitions at MOTInternational Projects, London, (Catapult Screensaver, 2013) and blank projects, Cape Town, (To Walk on Water, 2011).

Nombuso Kosazana (b. 1993) is a photographer based in Johannesburg. She studied Photography at the Market Photo Workshop (2015).

Tea, Coffee and Wine with snacks will be available, donations appreciated to cover costs.

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