Rorke’s Drift and Konstfack – Stories told and yet not told

Date and time
April 18, 2018, at 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Type of event
Seminar
Place and route

Svarta havet
LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm (Look at a map)
Underground station: Telefonplan (Timetables at SL)



Sibongile Mabaso's weave "The red, hungry lion"(1963), photo by Peder Gowenius.


The Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design is happy to invite You to an open all-day seminar at Konstfack, April 18th.

This seminar takes as starting point the shared history Sweden and South Africa have, connected to the Evangelical Lutheran Church's (ELC) Arts and Craft Center in Rorke's Drift. Today, 55 years since its start, some of this history is known, but still very few know about the impact ELC Arts and Craft Center has had on the South African art scene, being the first that allowed black South Africans to train as artists. Equally few know that it was a young Swedish art teacher trained at Konstfack, Peder Gowenius and his wife Ulla Gowenius, textile artist also from Konstfack, who started the Center in 1963.

What can we learn from history about (the fight for) democracy, culture, education and the arts? South African filmmaker Cedric Nunn will show his recent documentary about Rorke's Drift, and Konstfack teacher Viktoria Kindstrand presents, together with Peder Gowenius, their film where Gowenius tells his story about both struggle and success with the ELC Arts and Craft Center. These screenings will frame a wider discussion about bilateral collaboration, the need for more research, projects and artistic exchange.

The seminar is free and open to all interested.

In collaboration with Iaspis and the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria.


PROGRAMME
9.15 Welcome & introduction: professor Anette Göthlund, professor at the Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education.

9.30 David Andrew & Anette Göthlund in a discussion on critical engagement with histories and future-oriented pedagogies + questions.

10.45-11.00 Break

11.00-12.15 Screening of Viktoria Kindstrand's filmed interview with Peder Gowenius about his time with The Evangelical Lutheran Church's Arts and Craft Centre at Rorke´s Drift, followed by discussion.

12.15-13.15 Lunch break

13.15-13.30 Hedda Krausz Sjögren: Presentations and updates on collaborations and initiatives from the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria.

13.30-13.45 Johan Pousette: Iaspis and the Arts Grants Committee international programme for visual and applied artists.

13.45-14.15 Hans Eriksson: Presentation about Iaspis residence programme in Capetown.

14.15-14.45 Break

14.45-16.30 Screening of Cedric Nunn's documentary Rorke's Drift revisited, and discussion.

Closing words and looking forward.

17.00 Book Launch of Blå Jakaranda by Peder Gowenius

Warmly Welcome!


Anette Göthlund is Professor at the Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education, Konstfack, Stockholm.

Cedric Nunn is Photographer, Documentary Film-maker and Artist, living in Durban.

David Andrew is Associate Professor and Head, Division of Visual Arts, Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Hedda Krausz Sjögren is Counsellor for Cultural Affairs, Embassy of Sweden in Pretoria.

Johan Pousette is Director at Iaspis, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee's International Programme for Visual Artists.

Peder Gowenius is a Swedish art teacher who in 1963 established the ELC Arts and Craft Center in Rorke's Drift.

Viktoria Kindstrand is an artist and lecturer at the Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education, Konstfack, Stockholm.



Contact
Anette GöthlundProtected address 0767-233481


Organizer
Department of Visual Arts and Sloyd Education

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