We’re Original Kreatif Enlightened (WOKE)
“Being an artist is disrupting the system or compromising your art to submit to the system in this country.”
On a Sunday afternoon we headed out to the cosmopolitan area of Johannesburg to the Firehouse Gallery to experience a disruption of system through the conscious art movement, Woke Arts; a movement that originated from Pretoria.
A platform that enables creatives to interact and showcase their talent and craft, but further more collaborate and network. The tour to Jozi was to highlight the purpose of a movement being to stay moving and to pay homage to artists and art lovers of Jozi, who for the first year of Woke Arts travelled to Pretoria to support the initiative.
Sunday, the 30th of April revealed the energy and forces that erupt when artists gather for a cause, that is to enliven and feed souls.The entrance area was draped in artworks from the finest photographers to painters, and illustrators, all of which aligned with the show that was sectioned in three; The Mind, being a poetry sessions that gave us mostly strong and proud Black Women who were fearless in delivering their words, their thoughts, strengths and sorrows without a hint of fear. The Body, that featured banging mixes from the likes of Nouvaux, and The Soul, powerful performances by musicians who’s souls bare passions and fluidity among many things.
“Woke arts is the reviving of our own identity within the arts, a career path for the African artists and the development of an identity, a style and united movement that is truly African in its identity.” – STY7ES, founder of WOKE Arts.
Unity among the artists and audience is the note that we witnessed at #WokeJozi, that alone was art to behold.
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Written by Maira Wolfe
M Studio Community opened its doors on the 26th of March 2017 for the August House open studios and welcomed in many art lovers and enthusiasts. M Studio Community is the home of the talented artists and creatives such as Michael Selekane, Azael Langa, Neo Mahlangu, Victor Kuster, SNV and Artizens of Joburg.
The open studio exhibition featured a wide spectrum of artworks, tackling many genres and commenting on everything from socio-economic issues and politics. The open studios exhibition give the audience a chance to engage with the artists in their work environment and explore the artists intimate creation space. The open studios give insight to the audience to better understand the depths of perceiving art as a lifestyle as opposed to a commodity which the M Studio Community artists embody.
M Studio was well received by the art community, making sales of a whopping 22 artworks.
We’re absolutely looking forward to the next open studio to see what M Studio Community has to offer next.
Odirile Khune Motsiri is a visual artist and fine art student making strides in the fine art world with his textured creations. He’ll be holding his first solo exhibition “Identity” on the 8th of April 2017. He consider himself a child at heart and never sets limitations to his imagination.
“What inspired me to become an artist was the longing to being able to do something I always had the desire to do full time. Creating was all I desired, either working on paper or digitally. It was not just for fun- art became more of a lifestyle than just a hobby. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt is that you have to be yourself in everything you do. It goes a long way especially in terms of owning your craft. There’s a sort of aura you harness and try to mature in the process of it all which ultimately gives you your unique style. Theres a quote that I like that goes, “He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist” St. Francis of Assisi. Having quoted that, I hope to meet other artists and probably share knowledge and ideas. Our community as fine artists needs to grow.” – Odirile Khune Mots’
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