Licensed Historians

‘Licensed Historians’ is a Keleketla! After School Programme platform for public engagement with work produced with Freedom Community College and Keleketla! Library members. The event takes the form of a screening, a lecture, discussions and performances. Freedom Community College Library committee will be introducing a ‘digital identities’ project within the school, launching with a blog.

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The event is a curation/collection of questions and answers developed with learners to explore how libraries are not only spaces/platforms for books on shelves, but also for preserving and activating cultural heritage. The event suggests other forms of practical and intellectual sources of knowledge beyond books.

Keleketla Librarian Lot Kafesu will give a lecture on the use of libraries as centres for preservation of cultural heritage. The lecture hopes to create a broader and deeper understanding of heritage.

This event is produced by Day Mthembu as part of the VANSA/Africalia internship programme. The event is realized in partnership with Freedom Community College library committee and Educationally Active Students (EAS) from Basa Tutorial Institute.

Vandal Lie Izm, 24 Februray 2011, point blank gallery

On February 24, 2011, Joburg-based street artist, designer and illustrator Natalie Propa hosted Vandal Lie Izm, a super soulful street art exhibition that challenged conventions of the mainstream visual arts practices. The venue was the point blank gallery, the Drill Hall Precinct, Joubert Park. Kyle Ferguson shot and cut this here piece with great detail. Enjoy!

We are particularly excited about Natalie’s plans and ideas for Vandal Lie Izm II, scheduled for mid-October.

of books and residencies

From the beginning of January to February 24, Keleketla! implemented an important ‘art’ residency with Pittsburg-born artist Kevin Clancy. Kevin worked tirelessly at the Keleketla! project space, building a portable unit with the mobility to manoeuvre around the inner-city and schools. The majority of the plans for the residency fell off the table due to the adaptation of the project to it’s immediate surroundings of Jozi, giving way to organic yet engaging encounters, happenings and creations.

Art residencies come in all shapes and sizes, with expectations and complexities. It’s really nice when an artist can have the space to reshape the actual implementation. Kevin arrived armed with lots of ideas, and a space to reframe his thinking in response to his environment. As a result, a range of people learnt quite a lot. His thinking – imagining a different reality – became a catalyst for many more ideas, a platform for expression.

Titled Portable Utopia, Kevin’s residency was about imagining a different city. The catalyst for imagination was a mobile library with delightful and catalytic components such as a foldout table and podium, wind chime and an inflatable geodesic dome. The environment created by the installation saw youth reflecting on their thoughts about place, from Good News in Sebokeng to re-imagining inner city in Johannesburg. A mobile library provides a valuable contribution to thinking about access to, consumption of and the use of information.

Portable Utopia also inspired Jozi artist, Bogosi Sekhukhuni (with Sabelo Goma) to reflect on issues of class and gender in fukin’ ridiculous. Read more about the performance here and here.

Perhaps what made Kevin’s residency legendary is the introduction of SKAFTIEN, a meal based micro grant initiative for innovative, experimental projects for Johannesburg artists. The first SKAFTIEN, which sold out all the tickets, raised R6000 for the Hillbrow-based Boitumelo Project. Please visit the SKAFTIEN website for more information.

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Photographs by Brett Rogers, Kevin Clancy,  Mohlomi Kocha, Richard Roodt and Malose Malahlela

Keleketla! Library is grateful to Kevin and everyone who contributed to the success of Portable Utopia.

Pony Pedro hand printed Postcards

graphic by Mahlomola Nkosi

Pony Pedro is a Berlin-based art collective that works on interdisciplinary art-projects in urban spaces combining genres like performance, installation and graphic-design. The group develops their projects and uses their own silkscreen facilities for making posters, flyers, fine art prints and stage settings for their performances and installations. For more information on Pony Pedro to see the rest of the postcards, please visit the website

Keleketla! Library linked up with the good folks of Pony Pedro when they pulled together a poster making and public performance project called the Good Mob in collaboration with the Artist Proof Studio in August 2009.

graphic by Niall

This year Mark Thomann and Anna Busdiecker returned to Jozi to coordinate a postcard project in collaboration with Artist Proof Studio, David Krut Projects and Keleketla! Library. Some Jozi artists were invited to create theme-free artwork for a series of 18 postcards, silkscreened by Anna at Artist Proof Studio. These special postcards will be sold at David Krut Projects, Keleketla! Library and other cool spots across South Africa.

graphic by Tshepo Rakosa

All the 18 unique postcards come as a limited edition of 100.  Proceeds will benefit Keleketla! Library, towards our printmaking studio and programmes. These postcards are beautiful!!! Watch this space for the release.