send-off party in the D

bombing up the system
bombing up the system

Good-Bye Ra! is a series of events marking the departure of Johannesburg artist and community organizer, Mphapho Rangoato Hlasane, better known as Ra. Ra is about to finish a semester at University of Michigan’s Center for Afro-American and African Studies [CAAS] as a Moody Fellow visiting scholar and the School of Art & Design as an artist in residence. Ra’s goals were to read for his MA studies in Fine Arts [Art & Social Change], have studio time to make a body of work for a show, engage with the Detroit community and introduce the FanPalProject, an inter-collective project linking Johannesburg, Detroit and other cities through zine making.

Over the last three months Ra took part in a group show We Breathe Air with Sarah Berkeley, Emir Alibasic and Emily Orzech at the Robbins Gallery, Ann Arbor. His complete full body of work For Tshepo: I will not move to the outskirts of the city, exploring the parallels between Johannesburg, Detroit and his native village of Tiragalong graced the Work-Detroit gallery from October 10 to November 8, drawing attention and engaging responses including an article in the Michigan Citizen [Nov 16-22].

Ra and Nadia Abou-Karr conducted Phase 1 of a Zine project with Detroit high schoolers at the 555 Galleries/Studios in early October, where the learners made zines for their Johannesburg counterparts to begin a spatial and media literacy dialogue.

Good Bye Ra! is a 2 day series of events consisting of:
  • Friday 12: 12-5pm – For Tshepo exhibition, with artist in gallery
  • Friday 12: 8pm My Crew is Yo Crew Johannesburg hip hop scene Draft Documentary screening with discussion. My Crew is Yo Crew is a film in mid-production that looks at how what started as 2 man Sunday afternoon session grew into a 4 man collective and an affiliate to more than 10 Johannesburg hip-hop and activists collectives.
  • 9pm Closing Party with Dj Sicari and Performances by Special Guests

Allied Media Conference media lab, 555 Galleries/Studios
4884 Grand River Ave

    • Saturday 13 December 11am to 1pm Phase 2 of Johannesburg/Detroit zine exchange workshop with Nadia Abou-Karr and Detroit High school kids at the 555 Gallery
  • 2-5pm Johannesburg/Detroit zine exchange workshop with artists/activists collectives at the 555 Gallery
All events free except for the after-party on Friday from 9pm. The first 50 people through the door will receive limited edition mixtapes and videos from Johannesburg emcees and dj’s of:
Dj Pabulum – Communion Nites
Pilzy Lee – The future is funk galore
Sake of Skill presents Original Backpackers mixtape vol. 3
Sam English – SubEthaPirateRadio
Quaz- The Immaculate thoughts of Za’uq
saint pabulum
saint pabulum
sam english & dj swart ogg presents...
sam english & dj swart ogg presents...
1st lady of beatmaking
1st lady of beatmaking
quaz...with k*blaqque's review
quaz...with k*blaqque's review
takin it back to the elements
takin it back to the elements

see y’all at Elementz


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