SANAVA promotes visual arts, develops visual artists and furthers international cooperation in the field of the visual arts Newsletter Nº
February 2015
Dirkie's dialogue...

'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The editors of SANAVA Matters kindly called this Dirkie's Dialogue but this is turning into a monologue. What is the use of a SANAVA newsletter with pictures, to misquote Alice, without conversations with our members?

SANAVA Matters ( is anxiously awaiting snippets of what is happening at your branch. Come to think of it, kindly also forward the e-mail addresses of the culture officers or relevant councillors of your local government to the SANAVA secretariat and we will add them to the SANAVA Matters mailing list.

This month we are introducing the members of the SANAVA Executive Committee. We should have done this a long time ago but we are all allergic to pictures! You have to agree, they're a bunch of heavyweights – academically speaking! But academic qualifications are not a requirement if you want to stand for election. It is a passion for the visual arts and drive which count.

We will see you at the next SANAVA Annual General Meeting to be held in Paternoster on 5 and 6 June 2015.

Kind regards
Dirkie Offringa
National President
Dirkie Offringa
Yvonne Burns
Avi Sooful
Learn about the SANAVA Exco members

Dirkie Offringa has been involved in the visual arts in various capacities ie as museum curator and member of arts councils, for more than three decades. She lives in Somerset West and is an independent arts curator.

Yvonne Burns is Emeritus Professor at Unisa's School of Law. Her doctoral thesis is entitled "Freedom of the press: A comparative legal survey." This involved research into press law in Germany, England and America as well as an in-depth study of press law in South Africa.

During her 30 years at Unisa Yvonne lectured in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Interpretation of Statutes and Indigenous Law. She published a textbook on Media Law followed by three editions of Communications Law, the latest edition of which is to appear in March 2015. The first edition of Administrative Law, which was written in 1998, was awarded the Chancellor's prize for research by Unisa. Three further editions were published.

Yvonne was admitted as an advocate of the High Court - Gauteng Provincial Division - and gained a lot of experience in criminal trials when she acted as an assessor with Judge Edward Stafford.

Avi Sooful works at the University of Pretoria's Department of Visual Arts after relinquishing her previous job as Head of the Department of Visual Arts and Design at the Vaal University of Technology.

She began her academic career in Kwazulu-Natal as an educator in the township of Umlazi, Durban before relocating to Gauteng. She participated in numerous exhibitions both nationally and internationally and the notion of landscape has occupied her work for the past ten years as both political and feminist images.

See the March edition of SANAVA Matters for profiles of exco members Barry Gibb and Alexander Ellis.
Paternoster beckons you – SANAVA AGM on 5 and 6 June

This unique fisherman's village in the Western Cape is pulling all stops to welcome SANAVA members for the AGM.

The Mayor of the Greater West Coast Municipality will officiate, individual artists and art studios are putting pen to paper to plan special pre- and post-AGM courses, world-renowned artist Herman van Nazareth - the 2015 Woordfees artist in Stellenbosch in March - has something up his sleeve to leave a SANAVA legacy to the children of Paternoster and the Paternoster Peoples' Partnership community programme will also be involved.

We are pleased to announce that accommodation booking agents Stay in Paternoster and Paternoster Rentals are partnering with SANAVA and are offering members' special rates during this time – contact them now!
"Ithemba liyaphilisa" - Hope causes one to live

SANAVA welcomes Stellenbosch Crafts Alive who recently joined SANAVA as a branch member. They operate the iThemba store next to the Stellenbosch information centre in Market Street near the historic Braak.

Anna Kruger and her crafters strive to bring hope to the community by working with organisations like the Legacy Centre in Kayamandi, the Imbali Project in Kylemore, Kuyasa and many more.

The store maintains a balance between art, community projects and promoting Stellenbosch. There is a story behind each product and the person who crafted it, and this story is just as important as the high standard of their products. It is the story of hope.

At the launch of the new SANAVA branch, visitors were seen pouring over the unique shweshwe children's clothes, colourful shweshwe slippers and local ceramics. A visitor was overheard saying that these crafts would be so much more preferable as corporate gifts than the usual foreign machine produced gimmicks.
Di Heesome-Green exhibiting in Langebaan

Well-known artist and potter Dianne Heesome Green is currently exhibiting at the Art Square in Langebaan on the West Coast.

Dianne is also the chairperson of SANAVA's latest branch, SANAVA Paternoster.
Graffiti South Africa book drops

Mahala January 2015

At long last, we have a solid publication documenting the history of graffiti on the southern edge of Africa.

GRAFFITI SOUTH AFRICA is a new graffiti and street art book by Cale Waddacor, and it's the first book to showcase South Africa's graffiti on an international stage. The book is set to be launched on all you hipsters, art fiends and critics in Cape Town, Jozi and Durban in the next few weeks along with exhibitions, video screenings, live art and other actions.

The 192 page, hard cover book is a real collector's item for any graffiti writer or art enthusiast. It includes hundreds of images showcasing the work of South Africa's most influential graffiti artists and interviews with major personalities including Rasty, Falko, Mak1one, Faith47, Mars, Dreadr, Myza420, OptOne and Gift. Adding a little international perspective is the foreword by legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper.

The author, Cale Waddacor, is a keen photographer, documentarian, and musician from Jozi. He has been documenting the scene for over a decade and launched the website in 2011. This book is a testament to his passion for the art form and his goal to preserve for posterity the many fascinating works in Mzansi.
Bongani Khumalo
Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe
Mzikayise Nyathi
Thabo Molapo
Township Art against the odds - Ubuhle Bobuntu

Boris Gorelik - Daily Maverick 4 February 2014

Township artists don't want you to see buying their art as supporting them, but rather as an investment. There's a new generation of collectives that's starting to understand the true value of the talent they develop. And if they have anything to do with it, their work will be hitting the galleries on large scale in the near future.

Art out of rubbish
Creative people in townships seem to prove that you don't need expensive materials if you're eager to do art. As one of these artists says, "Empty pocket is no excuse." For Ubuhle Bobuntu, a collective of artists from Soweto who met as students at FUBA, waste materials are the main medium. In the areas where they live, rubbish and dumping grounds have become an integral feature of the scenery.

Lehlohonolo Mkhasibe, one of its members, does his prints on discarded tyres, which he collects all around his neighbourhood. Local children help him to locate suitable material.

"People often ask why we collect rubbish," Mkhasibe says. "We invite them to our homes to see our work and they begin to help us. They tell us it's a good job we're doing, turning rubbish into art."

Even though the pieces Lehlohonolo creates are abstract, local people can relate to them if only because the medium is so familiar. The rubber shoes used in the Zulu traditional dance are made from the same material.

Another Ubuhle member, Victor Mofokeng, creates his pictures from bread. Virginia Ramovha uses soil for her artworks. Velaphi Masondo uses wood and cans. Sinalothemba Ntuli incorporates beads into his paintings, for which he won the Thami Mnyele Award.

Sculptor Bongani Khumalo, along with other members of the collective, produced artwork for the Soweto Theatre. "We established Ubuhle Bobuntu," he says, "because we needed to have a common voice."

Ubuhle Bobuntu have exhibited at the Museum Africa, the Maboneng Precinct, the Workers' Museum and various public spaces in Soweto. They've also collaborated with Swiss and New Zealand colleagues on public art projects.
A loaded portrait – how can caricature not be art?

We hope that our readers can settle this argument: is caricature art?

The term is derived from the Italian caricare – to charge or load. Thus, the word "caricature" essentially means a "loaded portrait".

Some of the earliest caricatures are found in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. The point was to offer an impression of the original which was more striking than a portrait.

Drawing caricatures is often thought of as simply a form of entertainment and amusement – where gentle mockery is in order. But the art can be employed to make a serious social or political point usually by means of satire.

Satire can be graphic in which vices, follies, abuses and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, corporations, government or society itself, into improvement – apparently not with any success in this country! Although satire is usually meant to be humorous, its greater purpose is often constructive social criticism, using wit to draw attention to both particular and wider issues in society.

If it is not art, why are there numerous museums dedicated to caricature throughout the world, including the Museo de la Caricatura of Mexico City, the Muzeum Karykatury in Warsaw, the caricatura museum frankfurt in Frankfurt, the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hanover and the Cartoon museum in Basel and even a museum at Fayoum in Egypt?

In South Africa the names and works of Zapiro and Rico of Madam and Eve fame and editorial cartoonists like Dr Jack, Tony Grogan, Nanda Soobben, Colin Daniel, Chip Snaddon and David "Andy" Anderson are seen regularly.

Fine freelance caricaturists like Caroline Vos, Dav Andrew, Andre O'Kelly, Nigel Babb, Alan Simpson, Ghost (Wouter de Witt), Tinus Horn, Mynderd Vosloo, Derrick Nesbit, James Durno, Peter van der Merwe, Michael Schoch, Aardwolf, Martinus van Tee, Dr Jack, Nigel Babb, Gary Bottger, Alex van Houwegen, Dean Foster, Lourens Duvenage, James Wolfaardt, Walter Pichler, Shaun Mcarthur, Thulani Song, Alex van Houwelingen, Alby Mavimbela and Tony Grogan are some of the leading artists.

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