American Arts Incubator Gallery Takeover at KZNSA Gallery
The KZNSA Gallery is set to launch a cross-institutional program in the form of a gallery takeover by the American Arts Incubator (AAI). This is one of many iterations that will take place across the world including in; Mexico, Nepal, South Korea, and Turkey.
AAI is a creative exchange program that utilizes community-driven digital and new media art projects to instigate dialogue, build communities, bolster local economies, and further social innovation. Each incubator country addresses a relevant social or environmental challenge such as economic equity, youth empowerment, gender equality, and environmental sustainability.
AAI- South Africa ( 11 April and 5 May 2019) is facilitated and led by artist Ram Devineni —producer of the acclaimed documentary film The Russian Woodpecker and creator of comic books, Priya’s Shakti and Priya’s Mirror —and will include an artist talk ( 11 April), a poetry evening (13 April) as well as various workshops focussing on youth empowerment.
This intervention is set to create a platform for artists to engage and collaborate with local communities while transferring skills in art, technology and entrepreneurship.
“Working with KZNSA Gallery, I will collaborate with participants from different constituent groups in Durban and map out art projects using interactive technologies to address social issues such as economic inequity, gender-based violence, and the opioid crisis. Participants will design work inspired by stories from local people.” Ram Devineni