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Onlookers take note of Buhlebezwe Siwani's performance Qunusa! Buhle on Sunday afternoon 15 May 2016 at the Khayelitsha Meat Market, outside Cape Town.

Art and Public: Any Given Sunday
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
1pm EDT

ICI Online
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Events of the past year have challenged existing notions of access to art. Responsive and independent curatorial models have emerged outside of art institutions, confronting the physical and social barriers that keep people from engaging with art. Recent initiatives such as Die BalkoneNo Straight LineAl Aire Libre, or A Few In Many Places, have claimed public space and developed a more open reach to their publics.

Foreseeing many of these shifts, Any Given Sunday, curated by Riason Naidoo, was a 2016 public art project that was presented in Cape Town, South Africa, and consisted of undisclosed and random public artistic interventions intended to reflect on the social, economic, and political tensions of the city.

The work of participating visual artists—Zanele Muholi, Gabrielle Goliath, Gerald Machona, Sethembile Msezane, Burning Museum, Hasan and Husain Essop, et al.—all centered, in various ways, on questions of power and prejudice: structural, institutional, and personal. While the project was inspired by the 2015 student-led university protests across South Africa and their sense of urgency of the now, the artists—via their socially engaged artistic practice—contributed to a dynamic and interactive communal undertaking, which constantly shifted and altered predetermined schemas of art, its institutions, and its expected publics.

Visit the Facebook page, Any Given Sunday, Cape Town.

This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

May 11, 2021


Riason Naidoo

Riason Naidoo is an independent South African curator, living in Paris since 2018. He is currently engaged in curating, research, and writing on contemporary African art and is preparing a public art project entitled neuf 3 that will take place in the suburb of Saint-Denis (2021). Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (1996) and Master of Arts (2008) in Fine Arts, Naidoo is currently engaged in doctoral research in Art History (University of Cape Town/ École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris). He curated the public art project Any Given Sunday (2016) in Cape Town; A Portrait of South Africa: George Hallett, Peter Clarke and Gerard Sekoto (2013) in Paris; 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective (2010) at the South African National Gallery. He was co-curator of the 10th edition of Dak’art in Senegal (2012). Naidoo curated retrospective exhibitions on South African artist Peter Clarke presented in Paris (2013), London (2013) and Dakar (2012) and on photographer Ranjith Kally shown in Cape Town (2011), Reunion Island (2007), Barcelona (2006), Vienna (2006), Bamako (2005), Durban (2004) and Johannesburg (2004). He writes on modern and contemporary African art for publications in Johannesburg, Paris, and New York.

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