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International Acquisitions Programme – Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative – Comes to the South London Gallery

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today 10 June-4 September 2016

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LONDON, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Marking the Guggenheim’s first major collaboration and exhibition presentation in the UK, Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today opens at the South London Gallery (SLG) 10 June 2016.

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Venue:  South London Gallery
Location:  65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
DATES:  10 June-4 September 2016
WEBSITE:  www.southlondongallery.org

The exhibition is part of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, a multiyear acquisitions programme that will strengthen the international reach of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection. Under the Same Sun brings an academic survey of contemporary art practice from Latin America to South London, home to one the largest Latin American communities in Europe. Thanks to the support of UBS, the Guggenheim presentation will also offer the first public view of the South London Gallery’s new exhibition space, the former Peckham Road Fire Station.

The exhibition has been organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, in collaboration with the team at the South London Gallery, and highlights recently acquired works by more than forty artists working with mediums and methods including installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. Participating artists include: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Carlos Amorales, Alexander Apóstol, Tania Bruguera, Luis Camnitzer,Marianna Castillo Deball,  Alejandro Cesarco, Raimond Chaves and Gilda Mantilla, Donna Conlon and Jonathan Harker, Adriano Costa, Eduardo Costa, Minerva Cuevas, Jonathas de Andrade, Wilson Diaz, Rafael Ferrer, Regina José Galindo, Mario García Torres, Tamar Guimarães, Federico Herrero, Alfredo Jaar, Claudia Joskowicz, Runo Lagomarsino, David Lamelas with Hildegarde Duane, Marta Minujín, Carlos Motta, Iván Navarro, Rivane Neuenschwander, Gabriel Orozco, Damián Ortega, Amalia Pica, Wilfredo Prieto, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Gabriel Sierra, Javier Téllez, Erika Verzutti, and Carla Zaccagnini.

Under the Same Sun examines a diversity of creative responses by artists to complex, shared realities. The exhibition focuses on work made by artists born after 1968, in addition to several early pioneers who were active internationally in the 1960s and ’70s, many of whom have been influenced by shared colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, social inequality, and concurrent periods of regional economic wealth, development, and progress. Special projects commissioned specifically for the South London Gallery edition of the exhibition include:

  • On a screen in central London, Chilean artist Alfredo Jaar presents the first UK broadcast of A Logo for America, a work originally presented on an electronic billboard in New York City’s Times Square in 1987.
  • From July to August, for the first time in more than twenty years, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera will be in residence in the UK.
  • Costa Rican artist Federico Herrero will work with local residents to transform a children’s playground in Peckham with a distinctive, brightly coloured floor mural.
  • Argentinian artist Amalia Pica will work with invited participants to present her performance Asamble (2015) in Peckham Square on 11 June at 12 pm.

About the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative
The Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative is a distinctive programme that offers direct access to contemporary art and education on a global scale. Through in-depth collaboration with artists, curators, and cultural organisations from South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa, MAP has expanded the Guggenheim’s collection with more than 125 new works. Partnerships with cultural organisations such as the South London Gallery have been at the heart of the project throughout, extending its creative reach and impact both physically and digitally.

But a Storm Is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa, the exhibition representing the project’s third phase, is currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Together, the Guggenheim and UBS recognise the power of contemporary art to connect and inspire communities, spark debate, enrich the present, and help shape the future. This long-term collaboration underscores a mutual commitment to supporting today’s most innovative artists by increasing visibility of their work in New York and across the globe.

Learn more about the artists, curators, and exhibitions that bring these works to life at www.guggenheim.org/MAP.

Translations of the media release in Spanish, French, German, and Italian will be available at guggenheim.org/pressreleases.

Gauteng steering SA’s inclusive growth

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised the Gauteng Provincial Government for forging a new economic path that is envisaged to better the lives of its residents through inclusive growth.

Speaking at the Gauteng Economic Indaba, on Wednesday, the Deputy President applauded the provincial government for recognising that inclusive growth can only be achieved through partnership and collaboration; through a shared vision and a common programme for growth.

“This initiative places inclusive economic growth at the centre of our efforts to build a better society. It is about building enduring partnerships between government, business, labour and communities for long term growth and employment creation,” said the Deputy President.

He said the Indaba seeks to advance this objective by unlocking the province’s potential for inclusive growth.

“We applaud the Gauteng government for this initiative. This Indaba aims to give effect to the National Development Plan (NDP),” he said.

The NDP identifies the creation of employment as the most important instrument for tackling poverty and inequality.

“To achieve this, we need faster, more inclusive growth. We need an economy that serves the interests and meets the needs of the people. Investment in infrastructure is key to this,” said the Deputy President.

Youth empowerment

He said until young people of Gauteng are able to acquire skills and find employment, the economic potential of this city region will remain unfulfilled.

“Our challenge is not only to help young people to find jobs but also to support those who want to create them.

“We must harness young people’s ingenuity, energy, courage, impatience and appetite for progressive change. We must recognise young people as dynamic agents of change who are capable of finding diverse, innovative and creative solutions to problems.

“We must encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. We must build an economy in which all may meaningfully participate. We must build an economy that brings relief, hope and sustenance. We must build an economy that restores the wealth of this province – and this country – to its people,” said the Deputy President.

The Gauteng Economic Indaba kicked off on a high note on Wednesday as various speakers emphasised the importance of partnerships in the quest to create a sustainable and inclusive economy.

Officially opening the Indaba, Gauteng Premier David Makhura also said forging transformative partnerships to radically transform Gauteng’s economy is key.

“We value partnerships and we believe that our successes over the past two years depended largely on us creating transformative and enduring partnerships with business, labour, business and civil society,” said the Premier.

On Thursday, the delegates will go into various commissions to map out the implementation process.

 Source: Government Communication and information System

SA-US relations remain cordial despite terror alert

While government will continue to discuss the terror alert issued by the United States of America embassy in Pretoria with the US government, relations between the two countries remain cordial, Cabinet said on Thursday.

Addressing media following Cabinet’s fortnightly meeting, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, reiterated the Presidency’s statement that the Security Cluster met yesterday to discuss the matter further.

The meeting – held on Wednesday – was held with the view to ensure the continued safety of all people in the country.

“I reiterate the statement that was issued by the Presidency yesterday and this statement from the Cabinet briefing yesterday, relations between the United States and South Africa are cordial in all spheres, that is the official government position,” he said in response to a question.

In addition, the Minister added that the Security Cluster of Ministers will from time to time appraise the South African public on the state of the country’s readiness on any matters that relates to the safety of South Africans or anybody who resides within the borders of the country.

On Saturday, the United States issued an alert to say that it had received information that terrorists were planning attacks on shopping malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Britain and Australia have since upgraded their travel advisories.

At Thursday’s media briefing, Minister Radebe said that government will continue to discuss the matter with the US government as part of ongoing cooperation on security issues between the two countries.

“South Africa and the US continue to enjoy strong and cordial relations in various areas of cooperation including political, economic, and social and security matters,” said Cabinet.

Source: Government Communication and information System

Business, labour assisted government to avoid downgrade

Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe, says the dedicated work of Team South Africa – including government, business and labour — is ensuring that the country avoids a junk status rating.

Briefing media in Pretoria on Thursday after Cabinet’s regular meeting this week, the Minister said government has noted the reviews by international rating agencies — Fitch, Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s — which reaffirmed South Africa’s investment grade credit rating and maintained its stable outlook.

He said the rating reviews affirm the continuing work by government to turn the economy around and give the country the necessary space to continue implementing its intervention plans.

Fitch on Wednesday announced its decision to affirm South Africa’s long term foreign and local currency debt at ‘BBB-’ and ‘BBB’ respectively. On Friday, 3 June, S&P affirmed SA’s sovereign debt rating at one notch above junk, a move analysts and government have welcomed. The agency put SA’s long and short term ratings at ‘BBB-/A-3’ and ‘BBB+/A-2’ respectively. In May, Moody’s affirmed South Africa’s government bond long and short term ratings of Baa2 and P-2 respectively.

“South Africa is implementing programmes from the National Development Plan (NDP), which will ensure that the country remains an investment destination.

“This demonstrates that working together, we can reignite our economy, attract investment and create much-needed jobs for South Africans,” he said.

Even though South Africa’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) contracted by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2016, according to figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), Minister Radebe said government is already implementing key interventions in the most affected sectors.

These include agriculture, transport, electricity and mining, which are being addressed through Operation Phakisa, to unblock the constraints to growth.

Source: Government Communication and information System

Int’l Forum must recognise ICTs support for sustainable development

The VIII International Information Technology (IT)-Forum should recognise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) as a tool to support socio-economic development within the Sustainable Development Goals, says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

“An important issue for consideration during this conference is the recognition of ICTs as a tool to support socio-economic development within the new Sustainable Development Goals (that replaced the Millennium Development Goals), and the increasing importance of the Information Society in peoples’ lives globally, as reflected in the priority given to ICTs even by people on low income,” she said on Thursday.

Minister Muthambi was speaking at the Forum’s session themed “Media and Information Literacy for Building Culture of Open Government,” held at the Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.

She told delegates that it was important to preserve the value of the event as an international discussion platform, where current trends in the development of ICTs are reviewed and presented, practical issues are discussed and where the search for tools of promotion of new technology trends is performed.

The Minister said it was necessary to focus an agenda as much as possible on the implementation of regional level projects in both constituent units of the Russian Federation and administrative and territorial units of the participating countries of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

The Forum represents a necessary platform for leaders from government, business, and civil society across the world to deliberate on challenges and most importantly to influence on opportunities that those challenges may present.

The objective of the Forum is to establish a platform for discussion of the most pressing issues related to the creation and implementation of information technologies in various spheres of life.

“We came here to involve partners from the BRICS and the SCO countries to participate in the discussion in order to exchange best practices between Russian and foreign experts.

“When we consider that two–thirds of the world’s population still does not enjoy access to the internet, it should be our shared goal to give people the power to transform their lives and benefit from all positive opportunities that the ‘online’ world offers. We support the early adoption of rules, norms and principles of responsible behaviour on the Internet,” she said.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Minister Muthambi said in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the links between government, industry and academia are more important than ever.

“To support our economy, we have increased the number of technology transfer offices to share knowledge and support the development of new products and businesses, in areas such as biotechnology, energy and information technologies.

“Contemporary technology trends develop and change governance. Means and methods of administrative control are evolving.

“In fact, any industry: medicine, education, transportation, law enforcement system has to deal with the need to restructure the ways of interacting with citizens and legal entities,” she said.

The Minister said there was a need for the transformation of familiar tools in up to date, convenient, safe, proactive, citizens-oriented services.

“Any transformation is now estimated by quality of new IT-services and the extent to which they improve, simplify and improve the livelihood of citizens, making it more comfortable.

“As government of the Republic of South Africa, we regard this conference, as a strategic tool which gives expression to the main assertion of the Windhoek Declaration (WD) which called for a free, independent, plural and diverse media, as a fundamental human right essential to democracy and development,” she said.

Source: Government Communication and information System