Speakers: Peter McKenzie and Doung Jahangeer
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2010
Time: 12.30 – 14.00
Venue: Memorial Tower Building F208, Howard College, UKZN
The ‘Footsak’ 2010 project is kicking a soccer ball around six countries in Africa using soccer as a metaphor for ‘The game of Life’. Who’s kicking the ball? Who’s making the rules? Who’s offside? Who needs a red card? The ball rolls into situations and the documentaries made offer a balls eye view.
The itinerant team are Doung Jahangeer from the Durban organisation Dala, Guy?Andre Lagesse from les Pas Perdus in Marseilles, France and Peter McKenzie from Twasa in Jo’burg. The team has made some short documentaries, two of which will be shown at the CCS. ‘Like Grains of Sand’ features the women of the women of the of the refugee Saharawi people in the desert of Southern Algeria. They lead the struggle for liberation and return to their occupied homeland ? Western Sahara. The film incorporates classical Arabic poetry, local music and beautiful, elegant strugglistas and strives toward ‘another way of telling’. The second film ‘See Here’ engages the local issue of the Early Morning Market. The film grew out of a series of youtube clips that was made on the market. The use of new media gave voice to the struggle providing solidarity on a local and global stage. The film, although still with a deliberately activist slant, fictionalises it slightly as the protagonist ? the ball ? engages the market ? its people and its politics in a fantastical way.
Peter McKenzie was born in Durban. In 1982 he studied towards a Diploma in Photography at the Technikon Natal followed by an internship at the Sunday Tribune. He was a co?founder of the photo collective Afrapix agency under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches and was the chief photographer for Drum Magazine until the late eighties before going free?lance. He was also the co?ordinator and facilitator of the photojournalism department at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism from 1996 to 1999. Mckenzie has published and exhibited both locally and internationally.
Doung Jahangeer is a practicing architect, artist and educator. He has become increasingly fascinated with the notion of ‘architecture without walls’, investigating the ‘spaces in between’, and was awarded a large public commission for a public sculpture at Ellis Park.