Monday, September 28, 2020

Thapong to stage Botswana, American Workshop first week of February

The Thapong Visual Arts Centre, in collaboration with the American Embassy, will host a three-day workshop that runs from the 1st to the 3rd of February.

The workshop, which will be held in Thapong, aims to provide a platform for Batswana artist to work with American artists in order to share ideas.

Speaking to the Telegraph, Thapong Visual Arts Coordinator, Reginald Bakwena, said that it is very important for local artists to work with American artists because art is well established in America, therefore they could learn a thing or two. He further said that the workshop aims to break boundaries because it brings artists together and gives them an opportunity to work together.

Bakwena went on to say that the workshop is also important because it aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences between the participants and offers them an opportunity to network and improve artistic skill. It also aims to reflect on the issue of contemporary art in Botswana.

He is urging local artists to come and register at their office in order to participate, pointing out that there is no registration fee, which should be motivation enough for artists to come forward and register.

Bakwena said that he is hoping some of the participants will be teachers who would, after the workshop, go and impart the knowledge to their students. The workshop will host 30 participants in total.

The focus of the workshop will be on Fabrics as an Art Medium, which Bakwena describes as a new art element that local artists will get an opportunity to be exposed to. The participating artists will be working with American artist Tori Greising who is invited by the American Embassy Art Program.

Greising’s biography on the Embassy Art Program website shows a variety of artworks done by the artist using a wide range of fabrics with many different colours to come up with a piece of art work. As part of her biography, the artist writes, “Thinking about how we humans universally interact with fabric as a material, I deconstruct and reconstruct everyday clothing, sheets, curtains and other previously used domestic fabrics.” She further writes that in order to create form and environments, she uses a repetitive process of tearing, cutting, typing and sewing to come up with her unique artwork.

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