SOUTH SOUTH is a platform for discovery, an online community, an archive and a resource for artists, galleries, curators and collectors invested in the Global South.
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SOUTH SOUTH’s core activity has been facilitating new connections within cultural ecosystems across the Global South and beyond through series of remarkable collaborations with various entities. This has included supporting non-profits (RAW Material Company in Dakar, Green Papaya Art Projects in Manila and Casa do Povo São Paulo); adding to major museum collections (El Museo del Barrio in New York City); working with Global South art fairs (SP–ARTE in Sāo Paulo and FNB Art Joburg in Johannesburg); forming residencies with foundations through the generosity of SOUTH SOUTH ambassadors (Jorge M. Pérez and El Espacio 23); and working with numerous curators from across the Global South and the diaspora. All of these initiatives have revolved around the programmes and artists of our core gallery membership, as well as independent artists introduced through the curatorial voices that we have engaged with.
Often accompanying the FILM programme, and sometimes stand alone, SOUTH SOUTH presents an ongoing programme of TALKS. The platform has been widely praised for the caliber of both the speakers and quality of the content, featuring some of the most significant and influential artists, curators, gallerists, collectors, thinkers within the contemporary art world in conversation. This has included artists such as Ernesto Neto, Otobong Nkanga, Kader Attia, William Kentridge, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Danh Vo, Minerva Cuevas, Pio Abad, Coco Fusco and Helena Uambembe; and curators such as Elvira Dyangani Ose, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Fernanda Brenner, Gabi Ngcobo, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Natasha Ginwala, Stuart Comer, Sunjung Kim and Victor Wang.
SOUTH SOUTH sustains a regular FILM programme in which we have shared iconic videos by artists including Minerva Cuevas, Bani Abidi, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Coco Fusco, Ho Tzu Nyen and Yazan Khalili. In addition, we have presented special programmes in collaboration with avid collectors of video art, such as Jim Amberson and Anurag Khanna. The FILM platform has been acknowledged for creating access to works that would otherwise not be accessible in such a democratic way and brilliantly contextualised each programme with engaging conversations that are recorded and available on our platform.
SOUTH SOUTH facilitates a community-built archive highlighting selected seminal exhibitions, texts and moments about modern and contemporary art in the Global South at galleries, not-for-profits and museums, as well as archived interview-based editorial and artist profiles. Content of the site is established through contributions from key artists, writers, curators, nonprofit organisations and gallerists. To suggest a contribution email firstname.lastname@example.org.
With roots in Lagos and a more recent space in LA, Rele exists as a bridge from emerging artists towards global audiences.
Having moved from his place of birth Sidi Bougou, in the Mbour region, to the heart of the city Dakar, Aliou Diack has held his relationship with nature close to his heart.
This article is an edited version of the ‘Introduction’ to the book The Indian in Drum magazine in the 1950s (Cape Town: Bell-Roberts Publishing, 2008) written by writer and curator Riason Naidoo
Dodiya’s Anatomy of a Flame features a recent body of work completed over the last two years, simmering with thoughts of longing amidst solitude.
SOUTH SOUTH is the place to discover artists working in the Global South. It is a wellspring of information and resources about the region. It is also a vanguard platform striving to find new ways to support artists and galleries.
The initiative seeks to address an imbalance in the global cultural framework by providing a means to explore a de-centred art world within a broader geographical context.
SOUTH SOUTH features year-round programming and content. Our inaugural event SOUTH SOUTH VEZA (23 February – 7 March 2021) presented an enterprising new format for exploring artists from the Global South, with participation from 56 galleries from 30 countries across 5 continents. Explore the VEZA talks programmes Think Tank and IN DIALOGUE for cross-regional conversations between curators, artists, collectors, writers and gallerists.
At the core of SOUTH SOUTH is the Archive. This community-built archive highlights seminal exhibitions, texts and moments that contributed to an expanding imaginary of curatorial and artistic practice in the Global South.
In the Featured section, the SOUTH SOUTH team maintains an ongoing, interview-based editorial component, including conversations, essays and other texts on arts practitioners and current events related to the Global South.
GLOBAL SOUTH CALENDAR
Upcoming events on the SOUTH SOUTH platform in addition to exhibitions, events and happenings from galleries, curators and institutions connected to the Global South.