Friday, August 11, 2006

Voyage Ensemble a Journey Together
Flight from Fear, Voyage into Hope

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all."
-- John Lennon

An art exhibition initiated by Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (SCCT) aimed at fostering relationships between refugee and local artists and by so doing break down xenophobia and introduce the displaced artists into the South African art network.

The Voyage Ensemble exhibition acts as a reflection on the movement of African people and their cultures. The exhibition, which hopes to be the first of many, will examine the theme of a journey, movement and change on the African continent and showcase the individual works of 12 visual artists : 6 South African artists together with 6 artists from Congo, Burundi and Mozambique who live and work in Cape Town.
Ultimately the Voyage Ensemble Project seeks to celebrate a journeying together of both visual art and people that is not defined by borders and differences but by a broader understanding of a shared African visual imagery.

The Works in Common
A studio is offered by the Scalabrini Center for the completion of the Works in Common that start ourJourney Together. Our Logo and a Mobile are being created.

The Curator
is an artist, born in France and resident in South Africa since 1998. Batik, Ceramic, Mosaïc and Digital film are medium she masters. Her works have been exhibited in Cape Town and Paris over the last 10 years and two of her film documentaries have been featured at the museum of Modern Art in Paris, 2002 and 2003.

She was a founding member of the art collective, Malpit!: “a group of energetic artivists who shared and gathered their skills to create art events.” They created and organized 9 art events between 1999 and 2004 at different venues around Cape Town and most notably participated in the Cape Town City Festival and the SoftServe Exhibition at the National Gallery in 2000/1.

She lives and works in Oude Molen eco Village where she created and curates with her partner AnZu the Gallery, Op Die Hoek Art show room. Here, periodic art events are organized which include a network of local artists.

Her Batik works and animated movies were selected for an exhibition at the Alliance Française in Cape Town in February 2006.

She has been teaching the techniques of Mosaïc and Ceramics to children in schools around the Cape peninsula, specific needs children and to the patients of Valkenberg psychiatric hospital since 1999 as an Art Therapist. She created an Art Therapy studio on her premises - garden studios in the court yard of the historical Oude Molen manor house.

Her expertise and creativity make Sylvie Groschatau-Phillips a valuable partner for the conduct of this exhibition while her French makes her a link between the mostly francophone refugee artists who share her enthusiasm and are convinced about the opportunities such a project can create.

A group exists and is ready to show and combine works to create a multi cultural Journey!

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