This month's Wednesday Session (25 January) will feature two exciting components:
>> Book Review of Susan Abulhawa's 'Mornings in Jenin'
Joni Barnard, a drama practitioner, choreographer and lecturer at Wits University will review Susan Abulhawa's 2006 novel, "Mornings in Jenin". The UK's Independent Newspaper has said: "Abulhawa's writing shines, at best assured and unsentimental ... friendship, adolescence, love: ordinary events, offset against extraordinary circumstances, make the story live." Click here to download the first section of the novel.
>> Live music performance by 'The Mavrix'
The roots of The Mavrix go back to the 80's and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The founding members, Jeremy Karodia and Ayub Mayet, floated in and out of their roles as activists and artists, artists and activists and finally settling as activist artists. The Mavrix now consist of Jeremy Karodia, Ravi Naidoo, Ayub Mayet, Shahzaadee Karodia, Corvin Brady, Wian Joubert, Ruby Ngoasheng, Pravesh Vallabh and Kagiso Molete. In 2009 following the Israeli attacks on Gaza an untitled song was written with only what was thought of as a verse. The song lay incomplete for three years until after one of the band members read the novel, 'Mornings in Jenin'. The book moved and inspired him and the lyrics were completed within the next two weeks. The song is titled, 'The New Black'. About their song, the Mavrix write: "in South Africa, we experienced power, privelege, discrimination and oppression on the basis of ones race and the colour of your skin. Being white meant being privileged; being black was a reality of oppression, exploitation and brutality. We expressed our political circumstances through colour. The experience of Palestinians is one of institutionalised racism reminiscent of the worst of Apartheid. Their daily experience is of oppression and humiliation. Therefore the title, 'The New Black'".
When: Last Wednesday of every month
Time: 19h00 for 19h30
Where: Love and Revolution, Shop 4B, 7th Street, Melville, Joburg
Hosts: SA Artists Against Apartheid and BDS South Africa
See you on Wednesday!
South African Artists Against Apartheid and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions in South Africa (BDS South Africa)
ABOUT WEDNESDAY SESSIONS
Wednesday Sessions Feature: various, innovative and entertaining evenings including poetry readings, film screenings, live performances, exhibitions, discussions, debates and more.
Wednesday Sessions Are: an open space where artists (and others) can discuss, deconstruct, share, provoke, debate, politicize, network, collaborate, exhibit, showcase... or perform their own work. Write to us if you would like to take us up on the offer to present/perform your own work! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wednesday Sessions Aim To: question and highlight the role of art, artists in society and general members of society in assisting ordinary people move beyond extraordinary circumstances. How did ordinary people in the international community assist South Africans in overcoming apartheid? How can we now assist those Palestinians and progressive Israelis who are resisting Israeli Apartheid?
Come to Wednesday Sessions To Learn: about Art & Politics ... Art and Politics in South Africa... the Palestinian-Israeli issue ... Israeli Apartheid ... or how you too can join the cultural boycott of Israel.
Wednesday Sessions May Inspire: you and other attendees to be creative and productive... to make artistic work ... to go out and graffit... We encourage and will assist in this!