Come to South Africa! WATCH the two documentary videos, one from Hamburg in rural South Africa and one from Gqeberha in the urban setting of Walmer Township.
The videos document the Guernica Remakings project in collaboration with Kids’ Guernica peace painting workshop, the Keiskamma Art Project in Hamburg and NGO Masifunde in Gqeberha, South Africa.
Within these workshops the children considered what they wanted to tell the world about their home, their community and experiences. For some they discussed what they want to change, while others talked about what gives them comfort and where they feel safe. Savina Tarsitano, Kids’ Guernica facilitator and artist, states:
What we are achieving is the capacity to work together, to take responsibility, but also to understand how it is important to think together to make change. What is nice, is to see how the children are collaborating; this is the power of art and creativity. The workshop also gives them the space to think about who they are, their collective identity, and also their own identity. One thing that is also interesting is seeing the development of critical thinking, to say what is wrong and what is right, which is very brave. (Oct 2022).
Videographer, Joe Hague, filmed the workshops and discussions. He has created a fascinating insight into the artistic practices used and the communities who participated.
Michaela Howse, Director of the Keiskamma Art Project, intends to use the video as evidence to showcase the value of arts and the role and importance of art within education in rural South Africa.
Laura Klapper, Programme Manager for In-School Programmes, plans to use the video to show the expanded nature and scope of Masifunde and their holistic approach to education, from complimentary arts and performance based education to social enterprises and training for young adults.
To read more see our web page Exhibitions 2022.
This work was supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council [grant number AH/W00612X/1].