Tuesday, February 13, 2007

our mission together


The Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, (SCCT) will launch a publication on the theme Migration to South Africa within International Migration Trends.

This publication, realised with a grant from the Foundation for Human Rights, collects the contribution presented in series of seminars at University of Cape Town, which culminated in a discussion led by a panel of experts during Migration Week 2006 (September 18-23).

Featuring academic and non-academic papers, this publication raises awareness about migration and refugees and it is a tool for the Scalabrini Centre to establish a network to permanently study and divulge issues pertaining to migration. The Scalabrini Centre is fund rising to realise another issue dedicated to Migration and the Labour Market and aims at publishing an issue every six month. This would provide a up to date material and a platform to stimulate debate.


SCCT gratefully acknowledges the support of PH and IFAS, whose various active involvement in arts and cultural exchange in South Africa is a valuable contribution to the promotion and development of fine, liberal, and performance art in this country. For SCCT in particular, PH and IFAS' support and encouragement of positive interaction between South Africans and other Africans is most appreciated.

the journey continues
Flight from Fear, Voyage into Hope

Initiated by SCCT, the Voyage Ensemble is aimed at fostering relationships between refugee and local artists, and by so doing help to break down xenophobia and to introduce the displaced artists into South African art networks.

The Voyage Ensemble Exhibition reflects on the movement of African people and their cultures, and examines the political and social realities refugees find themselves in as a result of that movement. Ultimately however, it 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.

As an expression of the project's aims, a series of short movies and animations conceived, performed and directed by the artists has been created ensuring the artists work closely together and enabling them to gain insight into each other’s struggles.


I want to tell a story
Using memories and fragments

To uncover hidden spaces

And sometimes shameful places

Using memories and fragments

Paying attention to small details

And shameful places

Of fragmented memories

Paying attention to small details

To build up a picture

Of fragmented memories

That is coherent and whole

To build a picture

To uncover hidden spaces

A picture coherent and whole

I want to tell a story

Canvas/Hessian Artist


Life is beautiful when we are positive and focus on beauty.

Beauty is eternal for it is real

When you complain about life or others

You complain about yourself !

The only way to better this world is to better yourself


"Who can explain why an artwork well
accomplished causes major feelings in our being ?
if you do not try, no one can get them to you by reasoning..."

Chacun sa vie

Chacun sa langue.

Chacun son style.

Chacun son gout.

Chacun sa cuisine.

Chacun sa cuisine.

Chacun sa foi.

Chacun son amour.

Chacun ses eperances.

Chacun sa figure.

Chacun ses mots.


Painter, Sculptor

Life is a Journey. Because the journey is short, better have it in first class.

When you ask me where I come from, I don't know.
Because I have a dim memory of my nationality.
I am a human being. I am an artist


My horizon of painting is the way to offer to the world
a flower of peace for the past, the present and the future.

Painter, Sculptor, Graphic Artist


My work speaks of Love and Joy

Love is a pain that a doctor can't heal

Nobody can give love : it is just God

You can't rubb it in

You can't rubb it off

You can't borrow love

You can't pay it off

You can't sell it

You can't buy it

You can't work to get love in, it must come natural

Love must be true

Love must be honest

Lending love to a friend could cost you more than friendship

It is wise to open your soul up to others' perspectives and consider all possibilities as long as you make your own decisions.

Love becomes cruel if it is forced and if untrue

Love is an endless road between trees and flowers.

Quiltage (fabric collage), conceptual,mix media



We all come to see the works, but that is not for us to judge.

All we can judge is what we do with what is given to us.

A poor mind is the devil's workshop

A poor man is always frustrated.


URBAN CLUTCH, Taku and Siphiwe

Begin with an end in mind.

Guest Artists


I enjoy creating sculptures but this does not support me so I create work else where. At present I am project managing the construction of some sports fields (soccer/netball/softball) in a rural village. After completing this project I will be returning to my sangoma training where in-between work I will be creating some new pieces.

Sounding Out

in Collaboration with Voyage Ensemble and Good Hope Art Studio

Sounding Out: A sound installation by Kathy Coates in collaboration with artists from Voyage Ensemble with the purpose to produce an artwork which will harness skills and explore themes developed in the radio journalism course run at Multimediations, CAPE Africa Platform in 2006. Fragments of conversations collaged together through an editing process make the sound a reflection of the artworks or a complement of them. Themes include personal journeys, issues of xenophobia and displacement.

Animator, Illustrator and Graphic Artist

Stephan was born in Pretoria in 1984. He has lived most of his life in Stellenbosch, a beautiful town in the Western Cape and a hub of inspiration and creativity. Stephan recently completed a three year degree course in Graphic Design, Photography and Illustration at the Stellenbosch Academy of Graphic Design and Photography. He especially enjoys those moments when it seems as though his work comes to life and wants to move and communicate, and therefore he has developed a love for the art of animation. He is inspired by the early raw techniques of animation and tries to spend as much time away from the computer, experimenting with techniques like stop frame animation. His work was recently chosen to be exhibited at the Design Indaba as part of the emerging creative team, and it is through this exposure that he has been chosen to exhibit as a guest artist with the Voyage Ensemble Project.

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.”
Edgar Dégas


“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth
is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock.
Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only
witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and
children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the
light goes out.” James Baldwin

Spoken Word
Khadija Heeger
, grown on the Cape Flats. My passions are around emancipation of the mind and the heart, understanding our reality, and that who we are is more than just this inherently biased system of classification into various categories. A system that 'others' is no system at all. A thought that 'others' is no thought at all. Essence is beyond blood and bone and skin, it is the breath, the sound within, the journey beyond borders into ourselves. We can create whatever we want. A world that has no victims."
Keep shining