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The Ichikowitz Family Foundation Drives Art Innovation to Build Unity Across Borders

In celebration of Heritage Month, September 2015, The Ichikowitz Family Foundation launches its Heritage Art Collection with a series of exhibitions beginning around Gauteng from the 6th of September. The Heritage Art Collection is one of the largest collections of its kind with paintings by South African and African artists dating back as far as the 1970’s. 

To celebrate the launch, The Ichikowitz Heritage Art Collection has partnered with the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) for Art Week 2015.

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ART CROSSES BORDERS-CONVERSATIONS: Art Smart, Alexandra  

WHEN: 6 – 19 September 2015

WHERE: ART SMART BRAND, Alex ICT Centre, NO.34-3RD Road, Marlboro Industrial, Alexandra

ENTRANCE: Free of charge

ARTISTS: DAVID KOLOANE, NATHANIEL (NAT) MOKGOSI, WINSTON SAOLI, MOSES MASOKO, NDABUKO NTULI, DAVID CHINYAMA, JUNIOR FUNGAI, CASSIUS KHUMALO, SICELO KHUMALO, , BILLY MOLOKENG , THOMAS MASWANGELE, BILLY LENGWATI , BATSIRAI MUSKWE , BRIAN KADZINGA. PRINCE MATSIKA, DANIEL MOATSHE, DANIEL MATSHIDISO, MIKE KHALI. BERTHOLD MOYO AND VIKA MJOKA

www.ichikowitzfoundation.com

Twitter: @ichikowitz 

Instagram: IchikowitzHeritageArt

Facebook: ART SMART BRAND

Listen to the Interview with Ivor Ichikowitz on ClassicFM, on Art Innovation to Build Unity Across Borders.

Listen to the Interview with Vika Mjoka, art curator and administrator of the Alex ART SMART BRAND, on Radio 2000 on the “Lunch 2000″ show with presenters Bertha Charuma and Alain Tardinon 2 September with the focus on: The Ichikowitz Heritage Foundation, using art to fight Xenophobia, human rights & Heritage Month.

Read the 103 Stanza Poem – MY WORD COUNTS: That celebrates 103 years of Alex and its ability to host immigrants from vast backgrounds without any discrimination, interpersonal-hate and prejudice:

Click here to read Lisa Johnston’s online Article in Financial Mail on how art can confront divisions.

The Ichikowitz Family Foundation has partnered with Vika Mjoka, art curator and administrator of the Alex ART SMART BRAND, to create ART CROSSES BORDERS-CONVERSATIONS. The Ichikowitz Foundation fell in love with Vika Mjoka’s efforts to create ONE Of the FEW professional Art GallerIES in Alexandra Township, the original home of many renowned South African artists.

Alex is a melting pot of African cultures and recently suffered multiple xenophobic incidents. In the context of these recent xenophobic attacks, of which Vika Mjoka himself was attacked and survived, this exhibit interrogates the nuances of borders seeking where they lie between countries, places, peoples, private and public, real and imagined, then and now.

The Heritage Art Collection series of exhibitions is set to galvanise African audiences and position visual art as a catalyst for dialogue and nation building.

The second in this series of exhibitions, A FINE LINE, launches at Constitutional Hill on 29 October, maps the evolution of the Heritage Art Collection as an educational tool for high school learners and teachers. This artful interpretation of South Africa’s transition to democracy, mobilizes the fine work of Dean Simon into a thought provoking multi-media experience to foster learning and education. A FINE LINE includes a four-week high school program at Constitutional Hill, as well as an educational outreach program to rural high schools

 

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