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Fest art takes a walkabout

Visual art forms an integral component of the Festival programme this year, with an abundance of performance art and photography on offer.

In the line-up are two award-winning  photographers: Mikhael Subotzky, the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist for Fine Art, and Cedric Nunn, winner of the 2011 First National Bank Art Prize.

Both have recently published books showcasing their work accompanied by contextual essays. Festival-goers interested in seeing their photographs and possibly hearing more informal stories than are contained in their books should look out for a series of free walkabouts and artist talks.

Nunn will be leading a walkabout of his exhibition, Call and Response, which features black and white photographs from the 1970s to the present day.

He will also be participating in an artist talk at the Art Lounge, an initiative of the Visual and Performing Arts of Africa research team at Rhodes. The Arts Lounge is hosting a programme of talks and performances by artists.

Subotzky does not give press interviews. This year, th e walkabouts of his exhibition Retinal Shift are to be led by art experts Brenton Maart, a member of the Festival Artistic Committee, and art critic and Cue arts editor Sean O’Toole.

“Mikhael gave me a walkabout of his show,” O’Toole said. “Of course, it is difficult doing this, because mine is an interpretation rather than a description of the deep impulses that motivated the artist. I hope I don’t disappoint.”

O’Toole, together with art critic and curator Anthea Buys, contributed essays to Subotzky’s book. Buys, O’Toole and City Press features writer Percy Mabandu will be talking about arts writing with Chris Thurman at Think!Fest.

– Kate-Lyn Moore –

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