Keleketla! Library turns 5!

Keleketla! Library welcomes 2013 with a rich programme, as this year marks our 5 years of practice! In partnership with the Goethe-Institut South Africa, Keleketla is provided with a rare luxury to reflect through discussions, a concert, library interventions, workshops as well as a revision of SKAFTIEN amongst other happenings. Together with the City of Joburg Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage, we are putting together an exhibition that revisits the Treason Trial of South Africa in dialogue with the work done by members of the Keleketla After School Programme.


Titled Call & Response, this reflexive archival project invites past and future Keleketla collaborators and partners to help us think about library classification methods, as well the most effective ways of sharing, activating and building a practical and conceptual archive. Keleketla! Library is developing a series of library interventions, through which different practitioners engage with the library and its users to imagine ways that the archive is developed, classified and shared.

Call & Response consists of an online space where the full program and dates can be seen, as well as a blog that serves as an archive of the project. The website launches on Tuesday 22 January at:

Keleketla! Library welcomes back Marie Fricout, a scenographer from France who kick-starts a series of library interventions. Through an 8 week residency, Marie is working with the Keleketla core members, including the after school members and collaborators, exploring dynamic ways to activate the archive in relation to the general library collection and its users. Over the last week Marie has been experimenting, asking questions and building models towards interactive ‘shelves’ for the archive and library items.


About Marie Fricout

As a scenographer [set designer], I work with time and space, reading it and shaping it. I like to work in different contexts and to explore how an audience constitutes itself, the way a stage is defined and the place where a fiction or a story reveals itself. I’ve initiated creations such as “The dinner”, a theatre play written by Novarina and “Consider a wall…”, an audio walk in the city with an outdoor set. Through taking part in a creative research called “Play>Urban” I’ve developed a particular interest for the public space, its definition and the experiences it creates. I like to work in relation with different practices; performance, ephemeral events, exhibitions and experimentation. I studied in France and implemented most of my projects there, as well as in cities such as Mexico and Johannesburg.


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