In the upcoming event at Studio ZAM, organised in collaboration with the Thami Mnyele Foundation, we follow the trail of Thami Mnyele's life. We welcome guests who knew him and are familiar with the significance of his work and its meaning. Unique film footage of the artist from 1982 will be shown at the event and a portrait of Mnyele, painted in 1991 by one of the first residents, Clifford Charles, will be exhibited. The event also serves as inspiration to the Moroccan artist Adam Belarouchia, the first resident in 2020, who will devote a new work to Mnyele during his stay.
Special Guest: Gavin Jantjes
South African painter and curator Gavin Jantjes, based in London, will participate in the event and share some of his memories about Mnyele whom he met shortly before his killing in Gaborone, Botswana. Jantjes works are part of the collections of Tate Modern (London), the Smithsonian (Washington D.C.), several South African musea and elsewhere. He also curated exhibitions with the works of Yinka Shonibare, Nicholas Hlobo, Marlene Dumas and many others.
Belarouchia is in Amsterdam at the invitation of the Thami Mnyele Foundation and ZAM Magazine. Other organizations with which the Foundation maintains a special relationship will also nominate guests in 2020: the Rijksmuseum, the Prince Claus Fund and the Amsterdam Museum.
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