Current Projects

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 12.37.51Thank you for visiting this page and for your interest in wanting to know more regarding the projects l’m currently working on. I feel blessed to be able to do all the wonderful projects that occupy my existence. I’m equally very happy to share this with you and to keep you posted on all the current developments as they unfold. I invite you to visit my blog from time to time in order to stay up-to date with the exciting developments. Thank you!

 

I am for the moment working on several major projects:

The IFAA 2015 – 2025 Project:

  • The IFAA 2015 – 2025 project, which I launched in Paris in 2015 during the Climate Summit. It included a pilot 1 year artist in residency program at Cite International DesArts that brought several artists from across the globe to respond to the theme: “Looking into the Future, Our World, Our Common Home”. Due to the scale of the project and as a result of the current state of our world, I need to move and work with 200 participants from diverse disciplines/sectors, that will move each two years, to different parts of the globe, starting in 2018, in order for them to bare witness, be storytellers, critically – socially engaged participants, that can inspire and bring about a different way of thinking and seeing things.

Screen Shot 2016-12-08 at 15.49.42Production of new Artworks and Clothing Line as a form of raising money for IFAA:

To make this project possible in a way that has impact, I need to raise 36 million euros that will make it possible to achieve the project’s intended outcome. It is with this reason that I have chosen 2017 to be the fundraising year in order to raise the money needed. It is due to this that I am now hard at work, producing new art works, that I want to sell in order to kick off this major fundraising campaign. This is why I’ve also created the IFAA online Art Fair, as many wonderful IFAA artists, donated works that can be sold to raise the money we need. Another exciting project that I’m currently working on to generate money for supporting the IFAA 10 year project, is the clothing line, that I plan to launch before the end of this year. More information regarding this will be posted soon.

But for now please see the IFAA video about why we are doing this project: 

I invite you all to get involved because I believe in the power of the human voice, in Ubuntu, the essence of being human and in our ability to together change the current state of our world. But this change, must begin in our minds, with us being aware of what is going on, how we have come to this point and what we can do to change this.

Hereby below as well, the first video I made as a call to action: 

Why should people care?

Because the only way we are going to make it, is when we work together. The current state of our world, entrenched in social divides, a climate of fear, wars, terror attacks, environmental degradation and an uncertain future, weakens our resolve, by creating a state of helplessness, whereby we feel incapable to do anything, as a result of disinformation. I’ m a strong believer in Ubuntu, the essence of being human. It’s due to this, that I’m working on the biggest IFAA project, that uses culture to collectively find solutions to the urgent challenges we are facing. I want to re-ignite Ubuntu, the “essence of being human” and the power of the human voice, by creating platforms across the globe that can facilitate the ability to question the currents state of our world and the systems we have created, in order to take action, in ways we can reform them. For IFAA, this change begins in the mind.

For more information on how to get involved please send mail to: welcome@thamgidifoundation.org

To get more detailed information about what drives us, issues we address and or to support us and share our story, please see: https://supportifaa.wordpress.com

Thank you!

The 1st edition of Lome Biennale in Togo:

Another amazing project am currently working on is the first edition of the upcoming Lome Biennale in Togo. I find it a great honor to be able to work with Samuel Olou in realizing this as well as the IFAAKamina Project which we began last years as a pilot, in preparation for the many exciting projects we plan to realize in Togo.

Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 18.24.11The main reason for realizing this biennale is to strengthen and promote culture because: Culture matters, it is the core of both societal and economic development. Culture enables us to celebrate our traditions and diverse cultural practices. Culture shapes and influences our identity, sense of purpose and belonging. Culture helps us understand our sense of place and context and how this in turn, shapes our surroundings and the knowledge of who we are and where we came from. Knowing who we are and where we come from, brings with it, value, a sense of purpose and equally inspires, giving birth to the new, which in turn shapes and influences how we see, think, view and interact with everything that is around us and everyone we come into contact with.

It is with this reason that the take off point of the 1st edition of Lome biennale focuses on the role of culture, as a catalyst for change and in unearthing the Togolese creative potential, by re-visiting the past in order to be inspired and to build a bridge of knowledge by taping into the ancestral creative genius.

Sithabile Mlotshwa

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