SOUTH/NORTH RETURN or reproducibility and technique of the idea of cultural identity.

Curated by Alessandra Atti Di Sarro

15-18 February 2018   Cultural Platforms – booth F6

ICTAF Convention Center, Cape town, South Africa

The show aims to investigate the different possibilities, both material and immaterial, of a very complex idea: identity at the time of the Millennium. Curated by Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, ARP – Art residency Project Director. The ARP project offers at the ICTAF an exhibition by four young artists who have travelled between Italy and South Africa to find the meaning of the Identity notion. South Africans will just be back from the residency period in Rome, and Italians will start their experience in Cape Town just with the Art Fair. What we propose is a fruitful collaboration between young artists who live in ‘geographic’ South and North, but in a global mixed world. So, the question is: what identity means if you hide the geographical ratio and only base your expression on feelings? This is the real issue at the present time, we promise you, everywhere and worldwide. Elena Giustozzi will look on small and finite landscapes to find in her oil painting the essence of what we often miss in our outlook and Caterina Silva creates with her canvases open images available to the interpretation of the observer, consequence of a process of deconstruction of language. She works with colours like a performative dance like Skumbuzo Vabaza does with his spray portraits that tell about the place humans have in the environment. Landscapes which are an intriguing forest in the vision of reality of Jordan Sweke, that seems to draw the life in which we can often feel lost. The big collaborative work by Jordan and Skumbuzo finally is a summary of what they’ve done during the recent residency in Rome, observing faces and nature around them, opening up space for the interrogation of our own identities as being natural or urban creatures.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair
The sixth edition of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) will take place from 16 to 18 February 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC). The fair is produced by the internationally recognised Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa, which ensures that the overall quality of the show is aligned with international standards. Positioned as the leading art fair in Africa, the ICTAF 2018 will include the most important galleries in South Africa, the African continent and worldwide. The exhibition features works by over 75 established and up-and-coming artists from the African continent and beyond in a range of traditional media including paintings, drawings and sculptures. For the complete calendar of events and all other information: