Aktion Africa – Living and Working on Sylt

Again in 2010, two African creative artists have received Aktion Africa grants for a four-week residency on the island of Sylt. Grant recipients spend these four weeks living and working with other artists on the grounds of the kunst:raum sylt quelle foundation. The Sylt residency focuses on cultural exchange as well as creative collaboration between African and German creative artists.

Itumeleng Mokgope, Dancer

Itumeleng Mokgope, who lives in South Africa, is spending August and September 2010 as a guest of the kunst:raum sylt quelle foundation with the support of the Federal Foreign Office’s Aktion Africa programme in order to build his contacts to other artists and bring his dance performance Tempered Souls to Germany.

Interview with Itumeleng Mokgope

Tempered Souls

Johannesburg-based dancer Itumeleng Mokgope developed and debuted the dance performance Tempered Souls in spring 2010 in collaboration with the jozi:art lab (the Johannesburg branch of kunst:raum sylt quelle) and foundation curator Indra Wussow.

Mokgope, 41, has travelled around the world as a dancer, working in England, Egypt and Hungary as well as for some of South Africa’s leading dance companies.

In the performance Tempered Souls, Mokgope used music, animated images, photographic projections and used car tyres to create unusual metaphors. Years ago, Mokgope was falsely accused of having committed a brutal murder in which a tyre was placed around the neck of the victimand was then set on fire. In Tempered Souls Mokgope engages with the question of “why we’re always doing painful things to one another”.

Fiston Nasser Mwanza, Writer

Fiston Nasser Mwanza has received a grant from the Aktion Africa programme of the Federal Foreign Office to spend September and October 2010 as guest of the kunst:raum sylt quelle foundation.

Fiston Nasser Mwanza was born in 1981 and is a French-language author from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He writes poetry, plays and short prose texts, and lives and works in Lumumbashi, Congo. Mwanza studied applied educational science, humanities and human science. In 2001 he received the Prix de poésie for “Regard Catangais sur la Francophonie”, in 2002 the Prix de la nouvelle for “Entre les bras du fleuve Congo”, and in 2005 the Prix Mwangaza for his poem “Femme – Calebasse”. In 2008 he received a grant from the Heinrich-Böll-Haus.

Last updated 16.09.2010


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Germany is stepping up its cultural relations and education policy engagement in Africa. The Federal Foreign Office makes funds available for cultural exchange projects and programmes on our neighbouring continent. It is clear that effective promotion of culture and education also enhances the continent's economic performance.

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