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Kendell Geers ventures African mask philosophy

South African conceptual artist Kendell Geers presents African masks in unconventional way to evoke re-evaluation of cultural heritage of the continent, shifting from outdated perception of  “fetish” to artefact, and further to reading the profound philosophical meaning of the ritual objects.

Concluding the exhibition IncarNations (BOZAR, Brussels)  debates took place on contemporary vision of African cultural heritage, and imminent need to shift away from the Colonial era patterns of exoticism to genuine understanding of meaning of African culture. Passionate proponent of African art,  Kendell Geers calls for abandoning Eurocentric system of assessment of cultural heritage, and regarding historic artefacts with African eyes.

Kendell Geers presentations of African masterpieces stretches beyond Africa, pointing to their universal spiritual strength, fearlessly confronting the most sensitive issues of Colonial past, and problems of the present dialogues between East, West and Africa to ensure transformations leading to engagements, empowering Africans, and reconstructing their rich cultural heritage.

The artist reflects upon dramatic history of colonisation of Africa, suggesting “negative” overpowers “positive” in synergy of two continents, until Europeans keep their prejudices and fantasies, and desires rooted in the bygone era.

 

The exhibition IncarNations created by the artist Kendell Geers in co-operation with the Congolese art collector Sindika Dokolo has challenged a traditional outlook on African culture, proposing Afrocentric perspective. It took place in Brussels Art Centre BOZAR from 

 

 

Museum Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac free visit

Paris museum Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac will be “free for ten days” to pay tribute to the former head of state at the origin of its creation, said it director, Stéphane Martin.

*The Museum will be free for ten days, (…) the time that people who want to pay tribute to the President can visit,” said Stéphane Martin on Europe 1 after the death of Jacques Chirac . Since, the establishment has been offering a temporary exhibition dedicated to acquisitions made since 1998, when the museum’s public establishment was created, which was opened in 2006.

This exhibition, which began two days before the death of Jacques Chirac,is really his collection, the collection that began in 1998 when he launched the museum Quai Branly,” said Stéphane Martin. This retraces “what we did for 20 years thanks to him in terms of enriching the collections”. “The images of the president are everywhere in the museum, the flags are at half-mast, it’s a very emotional moment for the teams,” said Stéphane Martin, adding that “a guestbook is available to visitors.

 

 

Rare Angola Mask at BOZAR

The rare mask from Angola is at display at BOZAR, Brussels, among the artefacts of the IncarNations exhibition. The “Chihongo” masculine mask, meaning a spirit of wealth, belong to tradition of Chokwe people of Angola, used to honour the male ancestors, believed to have power to bestow prosperity to the worshipers.

The type of masks are traditionally associated with the ancient rituals of the Mukanda school, devoted to young boys passing to manhood.

The mask went missing from Dundo Regional Museum, Angola, during the civil war (1975-2002). The story of the quest to find the mask, presumed stolen, began two years ago, and has been concluded successfully – the artefact has been found, and will be returned to the Angolan authorities.

Before it is sent back to Angola, it is at display at the Centre for Fine Arts as part of the IncarNations exhibition.

The exhibition includes a space devoted to the narrative of ongoing recovery project of the Dundo Museum, where the rare mask is integrated and open to public until the 6th of October.

Nine S.African top wine awarded

Nine of South Africa’s top wine and food tourism providers were named honourees in the inaugural Wine & Food Tourism Conference Awards at the close of this year’s Wine and Food Tourism Conference near Stellenbosch on September 18. They were presented with their trophies by Blacky Komani, chairperson of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa ().

The honourees are:

Service Excellence

  • Waterford Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Delaire Graff Estate, Stellenbosch
  • Leeu Collection, Franschhoek

The Authentic South African Experience

  • Grootbos Nature Reserve, Gansbaai, Overberg
  • La Motte, Franschhoek
  • Die Tuishuise & Victoria Manor, Cradock, Karoo

Innovation

  • Creation Wines, Hemel en Aarde, Overberg
  • Fryer’s Cove, Doringbaai, West Coast
  • Spice Route Destination, Paarl

The judges were:

Service Excellence

  • Horst Frehse, tourism and hospitality consultant
  • Gwynneth Matthews, conference specialist
  • André Morgenthal, wine marketing and communication consultant

The Authentic South African Experience

  • Judy Brower, Wine.co.za founder and owner
  • Janet Pillai, hospitality entrepreneur
  • Su Birch, wine marketing specialist

Innovation

  • Steve Massey, marketing thought leader
  • Mac Mabidilala, marketing specialist
  • Sheryl Ozinsky, co-founder of the Oranjezicht City Farm and tourism specialist.Drawn from Stellenbosch, Paarl, Franschhoek, the Overberg, the West Coast and the Karoo to include a mix of well-established favourites and hidden gems, they were chosen for having created outstanding and positively memorable tourist experiences that were an inspiration to others in the industry.

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SA Cabernet Sauvignon in focus

South Africa has a long history with Cabernet Sauvignon, both as a varietal and blended wine. Highly rated examples abound, too, including many Stellenbosch-based bottlings from producers with long track records, like KanonkopLe RicheRust en VredeRustenberg and Waterford,

But South African Cabernet Sauvignon was never firmly identified as a consistent exemplar on the international wine stage.

It’s time for that to change, the Wine Enthusiast online recommends. Beyond the diversity and caliber of Cabernet Sauvignon produced in South Africa,­ the wines also represent tremendous value.

Babylonstoren 2015 Nebukadnesar (Simonsberg-Paarl); $45, 93 points.

Dark and brooding, this Cabernet Sauvignon-led blend, with Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec, currently smells somewhat reserved, with shy notes of black plum, cassis, Baker’s chocolate, boysenberry and cigar-box spice. It’s medium-plus in weight, with opulence and a rich body that’s framed by bold, supporting tannins and medium acidity. It’s well balanced, with a long, spicy finish that ends with a kiss of dark chocolate. Catamarca Imports LLC.

Ernie Els 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch); $24, 91 points. While this is currently slightly tight and closed, it shows the structure and elements to present a complete and well-balanced wine with a little time. Scents of charred plum skin, dark chocolate, cigar box and roast beef dance in the bouquet, while the bold, firm palate offers flavors of black fruit skin, cassis and char. Drink 2019–2022. Editors’ Choice.

Robertson Winery 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon (Robertson); $10, 91 points. Brambly berry, black plum and cherry abound on the nose of this attractive wine. Touches of cinnamon stick, violet and milk chocolate add interest. The medium-weight palate is fresh and vibrant in ripe fruit tones, with velvety tannins and ample acidity. It’s well balanced and harmonious, while the lasting finish evolves from fruit flesh to soil then tree bark and finally soft sweet spice. Best Buy.

 Vergelegen – top African winery

South Africa’s Vergelegen wine estate in Somerset West has been voted the top winery on the African continent. (Image above: illustration).

Vergelegen placed 34 overall in the prestigious World’s Best Vineyard 2019 competition, where a global voting panel analysed 1,500 wineries from 17 producing countries. Argentina’s Zuccardi Valle de Uco has been announced first.

We are absolutely delighted by this award,” Vergelegen CEO Don Tooth said. “The Vergelegen team is committed to building South Africa’s reputation as a producer of world-class wines and this win is an acknowledgment of that passion.”

 

Incarnations: Afrocentric cultural view

IncarNations African Art as Philosophy exhibition crosses the African continent, following former slave trade, and migration routes in search of essence of African art. Artist Kendell Geers has selected the artifacts from vast collection of Sindika Dokolo, establishing an Afrocentric point of view, discovering new angles in infinitely rich African cultural heritage.

DSCN9468[1]However the exhibition is much more than the appreciation of the African art collection. It open a floor to a profound debate on intercultural communication, inviting public to enter polemics over traditional view on the artifacts from the once upon a time “Dark Continent“, fascinating Europeans by its mysteries, and savageries. passions and sacrifices.

A conversation between artist and curator Kendell Geers and author of publication “African Art and Philosophy” Souleymane Bachir Diagne, philosopher, professor, and director of the Institute of African Studies at Columbia University, will take place on October 4, 2019 in BOZAR, Brussels.

DSCN9473[1]“Something we Africans got” is presentation and discussion with editor Anna-Alix Koffi, devoting the latest issue of the quarterly magazine to the Congolese contemporary art landscape, and exchanges with Sindika Dokolo, Didier Claes, Chris Dercon, and George Senga. The event takes place in BOZAR, Brussels on October 5. 2019. Magazine launch SWAG, issue #8

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ARTISTS TALK: “An Afro-centric Idea of Art” the conversation with contemporary artists participating in the exhibition IncarNations: Kendell Geers, Otobong Nkanga, Barthelemy Toguo, Lisa Brice and others. Moderated by Osei Bonsu. The debate will take place of October 5, 2019 in BOZAR, Brussels.

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Restitution of artifacts debate, launched by BOZAR in a series of muti-stakeholders talks on the main challenges and considerations concerning the issue of the restitution of objects from Western museums back to African continent, intended to cover the whole range of problems from different point of view, including opinions of museums, international organisations, academics, private collectors, legal experts, artists, and activists. The event takes place in BOZAR, Brussels on October 11, 2019.

DSCN9484[1]Meanwhile there are also summer 45 minutes summer tours, focusing on a few exhibition highlights: O4, 11 & 18.07, 22&29.08

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Guided lunch tours focusing on exhibition highlights: O6, 13, 20, 27.09 & 04.10 More info on the site http://www.bozar.be

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