dala-GIPCA Republic

dala will host a colloquium on art practice and the republic as part of GIPCA‘s event entitled REPUBLIC: Art, Authority, Nationhood.

REPUBLIC is an event that brings together the performing and creative arts with discourse on notions of nationhood, the body politic, the individual and state and the impact and relationship amongst ideology, political imperatives and art making.

There is nothing mysterious or natural about authority. It is formed, irradiated, disseminated; it is instrumental, it is persuasive; it has status, it establishes canons of taste and value; it is virtually indistinguishable from certain ideas it dignifies as true, and from traditions, perceptions and judgments it forms, transmits and reproduces. Above all, authority can, indeed must, be analyzed (Said, 1979: 20) It is the creative analysis of power and authority that underpins the focus of REPUBLIC 2011. Bringing together a range of writers, curators, publishers, performing and creative artists, REPUBLIC 2011, explores the intersection of creative practice and the republic. We will host two panels:

Re-presenting the Republic 1 – a range of primarily visual artists reflect on the intersection of art making and the Republic: Faith47, Zen Marie and Michael McGarry. Respondents: Rike Sitas and Nonto Ntombela.
Re-presenting the Republic 2 – a range of performance artists reflect on the intersection of art making and the Republic: Mlu Zondi, Julia Raynham, Ismail Fahrouk and Brett Bailey. Respondents: Jay Pather and Mark Fleishman.

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