South African artistic talent goes global

first_imgMinister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said South Africa’s participation is significant for the country and its art community. (Image: Wilma den Hartigh) Kay Hassan, Weighing Time, 2007. Installation with found objects. (Image: SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch and Renzske Scholtz) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fiona Gordon  The Famous Idea  +27 11 446 7046 RELATED ARTICLES • Art infects the Mother City • Giving rhinos a voice through art • ConCourt art tells SA’s story • African Guernica: life becomes art Wilma den HartighSome of South Africa’s top artists will be representing the country at the 55th International Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibitions that takes place every two years in Italy.Speaking at an event yesterday to launch the exhibition, Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile said South Africa’s participation is significant for the country and its art community.“By participating in events such as the Venice Biennale we are offering massive opportunities for our artists to showcase their talent on the world stage,” Mashatile said.This year the exhibition titled Imaginary Fact; Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, aims to showcase established and upcoming artists who use materials of the past to comment on the contemporary.The Department of Arts and Culture appointed the National Arts Festival (NAF) to curate and stage the South African exhibition.“The exhibition is about the protection and preservation of our national heritage and the symbols and artefacts of that heritage,” Mashatile said. “It is also about using the arts to question and challenge our reading of the past, to reach a new understanding of it and to craft a new and inclusive narrative for our country.”Nomusa Makhuba, a representative of the curatorial advisory committee for Venice, said the NAF is confident the exhibition, which precedes the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s constitutional democracy in 2014, will allow the world to reflect on the country’s history and achievements.“It will also give the international community a window to look into the South African journey from its dark and horrid past to one that promises hope and opportunity,” Makhuba said.The South African exhibition in Venice will take place from 1 June to 24 November 2013. Top artists tell SA’s storyNumerous artists such as David Koloane, whose works were created to interrogate the narratives from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), will be on show in the historic city of Venice.The work of Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller also draws inspiration from the TRC. The trio, counted amongst South Africa’s leading contemporary composers, created confessional video installations which draw on the opera REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape & Testimony, and provides a visual account of the emotions of death, despair and loss that were embedded within the TRC processes.Extending the use of digital images in the exhibition, videos by Penny Siopis will question the myths and narratives around the attempted and later successful assassination of HF Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid.Sue Williamson’s work will explore the psychological and logistical effects of the apartheid pass book, which black people were required to carry with them at the time when travelling outside their homelands or designated areas.Images from Capetonian photographer Andrew Putter’s latest exhibition Native Work will also be on display.The National Arts Festival has commissioned new work from Wim Botha, Kay Hassan and Cameron Platter to be showcased at the Venice Biennale.Other artists who will be representing the country include Joanne Bloch and Johannes Phokela.Work focusing on the experiences which inspired South African artists in the 1950s and 1960s will be featured through the photolithographic work of Sam Nhlengethwa, who is considered one South Africa’s most senior visual artists. Opening doors for SA artistsIn 2011, after South Africa participated in the Biennale again for the first time in years, Mashatile took a strategic decision to ensure that South African art continues to feature prominently on the international stage – in this case the Biennale.The Department of Arts and Culture recently secured a 20-year lease in the Arsenale, Sale d’Armi Building D for the South African exhibitions.Mashatile said since South Africa’s participation in 2011, accomplished artists such as Mary Sibande, a multi-media artist, has been invited to exhibit her work extensively in Italy, France, America, Reunion Island and Holland.“We are confident that the 55th la Biennale di Venezia will be one of our best arts exhibitions at an international level,” Mashatile said.• Slideshow image: David Koloane’s Made in South Africa (Twilight), 1994, oil pastel on paper. Courtesy of artthrob.co.zalast_img read more

Free Braille textbooks for Class IX, X students in Odisha

first_imgFrom the current academic session, all visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will be provided free Braille textbooks.Earlier, the Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority was providing free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students studying in Class I to VIII in government-managed schools. From this year, this measure has been extended to Class IX and X students as well.Odisha’s only Braille press in Berhampur is busy printing the textbooks so that the students can get them by July. The Braille press manager, Prakash Narayan Rath, said earlier they were printing limited number of textbooks for Class IX and X students.“Each school was getting three sets of Braille textbooks and the students had to share them,” he said.Former principal of Red Cross School for the Blind, Ambapua, Nabin Narayan Satapathy said as the Braille textbooks were few, they used to make some more copies of the books in their school to ease the problems of Class IX and X students. He welcomed the move of the State government to provide free Braille textbooks to all visually impaired students of Class IX and X saying it will surely improve the performance of the students.This year, around 420 visually impaired students of Class IX and X in Odisha will get free Braille textbooks. Each student will get a set of 14 books. “Around 75% of printing of these textbooks is complete and the work would be finished in a week or two,” said Mr. Rath.Increased printingThe Braille press is currently printing textbooks for around 2,800 visually impaired students of Class I to X. The total number of Braille textbooks for school students is over 40,000. Last year, the Braille press had printed 22,228 textbooks. Two new appointments have been made at the press to expedite the printing of the books.The Braille press in Berhampur was established in 1986 as a Red Cross Society initiative. It gets grant-in-aid for maintenance from the Women and Child Development Department of the Odisha government. In 2013, two new computerised Braille printing units, imported from Belgium at a cost of ₹1.7 crore, were added to this press, making it a major modern computerised Braille press of the country.last_img read more

India vs Sri Lanka World Cup final: Why India can lose to Sri Lanka?

first_img1) Now that Captain Dhoni has lost the toss. That is one negative to start with. add another: Sreesanth to play in place of Nehra. Oh God!2) Sachin Tendulkar will again be the backbone of the Indian innings. But will he survive five-six chances like against Pakistan? The Sri Lankans are good at converting even half-chances into crucial run-outs and catches.3) Dilshan and Sangakkara are batsmen much feared by bowlers across the world. Can India keep them quiet? What if they can’t and the two do to Indian bowlers what Sanath Jayasuriya did to Manoj Prabhakar? Ouch, let’s not think negative. But that’s a problem.4) The Sri Lankans have upped mindgames against India, saying India start as favourites. Normally, the Indian team feels good about it and gets walloped in the match. Will that happen again, I wonder?5) Yuvraj Singh, hmmmm. Remember what happened to him in Mohali against the Pakistani attack? In and then out. Let’s hope he has gotten over that “quickfire” innings.6) Let’s say India bats first and doesn’t get a heavy score, the Indian team normally acts like it has lost its spine when the other team comes out to play. Hope the Indian team has had its calcium supplements (can help in detecting one’s spine).7) The whole country is with Dhoni and the team. But it is for the team to play. We can cry ourselves hoarse but you know about the horse and the water? Our batsmen and bowlers are very prone to ignoring the ocean of fan support to bounce back from an adverse position. It usually is three down and then six down.advertisement8) This blog is about superstition, about not wanting to move away from the screen or not watching a match because India may lose. The last time this blog said India will lose to Pak, India won. Let’s hope Dhoni and the boys get the message right this time too and beat the Lankans.last_img read more

Ohio State womens basketball team full of question marks ahead of NCAA

Ohio State coaches Mark Mitchell (left) and Kevin McGuff (right) watch OSU’s 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorNot too long ago, the Ohio State women’s basketball team was a unit with all the answers.OSU had won 11 straight games, the outright Big Ten regular-season title was within its grip and at least a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament was nearly a lock, with a top seed a realistic proposal.Now, just a couple of weeks after those extremely positive outcomes of coach Kevin McGuff’s third season in Columbus seemed inevitable, all of those achievements have been entirely wiped out.With the Buckeyes losing three of their last four games, including an embarrassing 82-63 loss to Michigan State in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament, the one thing OSU needs before the NCAA tournament begins is what it had an abundance of when it last played in Columbus: an answer.OSU doesn’t have an answer as to what seed it will be when the NCAA tournament begins. It doesn’t have an answer as to how it came up empty-handed in the Big Ten regular-season title despite having a one-game lead with two games left to play. And it doesn’t have an answer as to what happened to one of the best offenses in the nation.The Buckeyes, who average 86.7 points per game, the third most in the country, had a season-low 20 points at the half against Michigan State in a game they trailed in by as many as 36 points.After the game, senior guard Cait Craft chalked much of that up to the ineffectiveness of fellow senior guard Ameryst Alston, who was held back by a sprained right wrist and didn’t score, but said there were still concerns about the way the team played as a whole.“Not having Ameryst hurt a little bit, but at the end of the day, we as a team didn’t come ready to play really until the last quarter,” Craft said. “Not having her does hurt, but it shouldn’t have been that detrimental to us. And I think we let that get in the way more than it should have, obviously.”McGuff said he doesn’t know what Alston’s status will be moving forward after the game, noting only the diagnosis of her injury and that he “hopes” she will be able to accelerate through her rehab and be good to go for the NCAA tournament.But missing Alston’s first-team All-Big Ten production was only a steep section of the mountain the Buckeyes were sliding down, not the point of departure from the top.The night before against Rutgers, in which Alston was perfectly healthy until the closing minutes, the Buckeyes only put up 26 points on the scoreboard at the half. They ended up winning the game 73-58 behind sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell’s tournament-record 43 points, but, especially after losing their previous two games, the concerns were already in the air before the seismic semifinal debacle.A lot of the Buckeyes’ issues in the tournament were inexplicable, such as junior Shayla Cooper, a steady contributor off the bench throughout the year, suddenly being largely absent from the offense.Cooper averaged 13.5 points and 8.4 rebounds per game during the season, but against Rutgers she put up seven points on 2-of-10 shooting, and the next night she had just two points on 1-of-5 shooting through three quarters, including a second period absent from the floor.She ended up finishing off the night strong with 14 points in the garbage-time fourth quarter, hitting all six shot attempts. But Cooper has been one of the Buckeyes’ most valuable players all season long, and the need for her to step up inflated with Alston physically unable to shoot. Instead, she was nowhere to be found.After the Michigan State game, McGuff didn’t have an explanation or assessment for the sorry performance. He simply didn’t have an answer.“It didn’t have anything to do with effort or competitiveness,” McGuff said. “We have to learn from tonight that we’re going to hit some adversity again. I don’t know what it will be. Maybe it will be foul trouble, something. And how we react to it is going to determine everything.”Two weeks ago, OSU was a team that many were pegging as a Final Four contender. It had already beaten Maryland twice — the only two in-conference losses the Terrapins have had since joining the Big Ten — and had lost to powerhouses South Carolina and Notre Dame on the road by a combined 11 points.But now, the Buckeyes are trying to rebuild from the ground up with the NCAA tournament a week and a half away — trying to understand when it all turned around. “That’s the great thing about college basketball, you get a chance to tip it up again here before too long,” McGuff said. “And I think we have a great opportunity ahead of us. We just have to get back to the gym and kind of get back to being who we are.”The Buckeyes will learn their tournament seeding and opponent on Monday, and whether their first-round game will be set for March 18 or 19. read more

Henry wants Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux

first_imgThierry Henry wants Gilles Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux should he get the manager’s job there, according to Metro.Reports in France suggest Thierry Henry has agreed a deal that would see him become the new manager of Bordeaux and he wants former Arsenal teammate Grimandi to become his no. 2.The French club are in search of a new manager after they sacked Gus Poyet, who subsequently branded the club’s board a disgrace.Henry who has been assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez over the last two years, also spent time learning the ropes as the coach of the Arsenal academy. Following his success in Russia, Henry confirmed he would step down from his role as an analyst with Sky Sports to focus solely on his managerial career.The Arsenal legend would be walking into a club in disarray should he take the Bordeaux job after the club got rid of Poyet. The former Sunderland manager was furious at the club’s board for selling Gaetan Laborde without his knowledge prompting a training boycott from the club’s first team players.Transfer: Elneny leaving Arsenal for Besiktas George Patchias – August 29, 2019 Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a loan move from Arsenal to Besiktas.According to the Daily Mail, Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a…Henry will be hoping to make sure his experience as a footballer and a coach helps him become a good manager as he starts a new chapter of his football career.last_img read more

Redknapp Mourinhos tactics might backfire against Liverpool

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho’s old tricks won’t work this time around for Manchester UnitedThe Portuguese coach’s defensive tactics in the past at Anfield have secured United goalless draws in their last two visits.But Redknapp feels that Liverpool may just be too strong for United this time around for those kinds of tricks to work.“I am expecting Manchester United to try and do a number on Liverpool like they have done over the last couple of years,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.“They have done very well in those games, staying compact, not leaving any space in behind and making it uncomfortable – even unwatchable at times.“But I’ve just got a feeling that those tactics are not going to work this weekend. I think Liverpool have too much energy and speed for this United side. I think it’s inevitable that Liverpool will wear them down.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“The worry is that I don’t know if they have any other way of playing in these games. Jose doesn’t play the Manchester United way. He never has.“They are not going to do what Everton did at Anfield where they went and kept the ball and played on the front foot. I don’t think that’s how Mourinho will set up his team.“You can see a situation where he will play Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic in midfield and look to stop Liverpool.“But that was the midfield that played against Manchester City and look what happened there. They were outclassed.”The Liverpool-United match will begin at 17:00 (CET) at Anfield today.last_img read more

Howe vows to work on defensive lapses

first_imgBournemouth boss Eddie Howe has vowed to fix the defensive problems in his team after their 3-1 home defeat to Brighton in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday.The Cherries have now conceded 15 goals in four games including the latest against the Seagulls from Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissoume and Florin Andone who all found the net.Marc Pugh grabbed the hosts solitary strike in the tie which only proved scant consolation as the Cherries slumped out of this year’s cup.“These games always swing on small moments, and the chance that came our way that we missed just before the goal was key,” Howe disclosed to Sky Sports.Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“We haven’t maximised our chances, and we’ve been easy to score against recently, and that must change.“We’ll go away on the training ground and try to put that right now.”Up next for Howe’s men is a trip to Merseyside to face Everton.last_img read more

Dortmund director Sancho is going nowhere

first_imgSporting director Michael Zorc is adamant that Jadon Sancho will be at Borussia Dortmund next year, despite the growing interest from rival clubsThe 18-year-old winger’s stunning rise to stardom since completing an £8m transfer from Manchester City to Dortmund in 2017 has earned him plenty of suitors.Sancho is a regular member of the BVB squad leading the Bundesliga this season and his exploits in Germany saw him being handed a call-up to the England national team.But Dortmund, who have an unfortunate history for selling their star players to rivals, have no intention of letting Sancho go right now.“Jadon knew it would be an unusual step to move here but it has been totally the right one. Courageous, too,” Zorc told ESPN.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s an outstanding talent and a big part of our future. We are convinced that we are the best option for him to keep developing.“He’s not finished yet. Not by a long stretch. And he will certainly play with us next year, come what may.”Sancho has managed seven goals and 10 assists in 24 appearances across all competitions this season for Dortmund.The teenage star is contracted at Signal Iduna Park until June 2022.last_img read more

US May Day Immigration Protests Target Trump Fall Elections

first_img#MayDay, or #InternationalWorkersDay, is when we commemorate the struggle to secure the 8-hour work day and other worker protections. #1u pic.twitter.com/ezgHHSAvrO— AFSCME (@AFSCME) May 1, 2018 Share #MayDay2018: Arizona teachers go out on their 4th day of strikes and walkouts, as teacher mobilizations across the country rock a capitalist system failing to provide for people’s needs. #Red4Ed #MayDay pic.twitter.com/4RotkNr9kr— Socialist Alt HTX (@SocialistHTX) May 1, 2018center_img May Day around the world https://t.co/1sO5F9yQGw pic.twitter.com/sv6oy3Q2u4— TIME (@TIME) May 1, 2018Immigrants say President Donald Trump’s administration has become almost everything they feared, but while they rally across the United States on May Day, their focus is less on huge turnout Tuesday than on the first Tuesday in November.Marches and other demonstrations for labor and immigrant rights were planned from Florida to New York to California on International Workers’ Day and come amid similar actions worldwide.“The Trump administration has made very clear that they’ve declared war on the immigrant community on all levels,” said Javier Valdes, co-executive director of the advocacy group Make the Road New York.Immigrant rights groups have joined in May Day activities for more than a decade, initially to push back against harsh legislative proposals and later to clamor for reform and legal status for immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the U.S. as children or overstayed their visas.Now, they want to drive turnout in the midterm elections. Advocates hope voters target lawmakers who have pushed for measures that hurt immigrants and replace them with immigrant-friendly policymakers, said Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights in Los Angeles.“Elections have consequences, and the consequences for our community have been dire, and if we do not change the balance of power, we question our ability to remain free in this country,” she said.Protesters still are taking aim at policy changes under Trump, including a country-specific travel ban, the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, high-profile detention and deportation efforts, and proposals to cut back the overall numbers of people allowed to immigrate permanently.Trump and his supporters say the enforcement and policy changes are needed for national security and economic benefits. Some of the new policies have gotten tangled up in court, and Trump hasn’t secured funding for his coveted border wall with Mexico.After the rallies, immigrant rights groups will join LGBTQ, African-American and women’s organizations this summer to push for the election of new leaders, Salas said, adding that they hope to see more support from Americans who aren’t immigrants.“It is really a fundamental question about what kind of a country we’re going to be,” she said. “For us, the question of immigration is a question about race, and it is also a question about real equality in this country.”Today is the Annual #MayDay March for Immigrant and Workers Rights. It has never been more important to stand with immigrants and demand our government respect the rights of all people. pic.twitter.com/hHADEu2gJT— ACLU of Wisconsin (@ACLUofWisconsin) May 1, 2018last_img read more

Khalin Joshi wins Ahmedabad Masters

first_imgBangalore’s Khalin Joshi shot a course record of nine-under 63 on the final day to register a sensational come-from-behind victory at the PGTI Ahmedabad Masters golf championship on Friday.last_img