Cape Town


Any Given Sunday, 27 April–5 July 2016

A series of multidisciplinary happenings—including contemporary art, poetry, theatre and music—will question the notions and binaries of visibility and invisibility, of acceptance and rejection, in Cape Town’s highly contested urban and township space.


Draft Cape Town intends to identify, stimulate and bring together a communal network, which will by way of micro-events produce discourse and interventions that are relevant to the South African legislative capital.


The curatorial process will be undertaken collaboratively by Jay Pather, Richard Pithouse and Riason Naidoo, all of who participated in the Bombay conference in June 2015. Bringing with them their areas of expertise, i.e. dance, politics, theory, music, literature and visual art, the roles and categories are intended to be fluid, wherein curator overlaps with artist/ academic/ public intellectual. By extension, the artist too is not a singular entity on the project and instead germane artists, intellectuals, curators, musicians and the like will contribute to make up the “public art project”. An array of sites from across the city will form a critical component that will be carefully chosen so as to dialogue with the theme of each micro-event. It is envisaged that the project will take place between April and June 2016.


Riason Naidoo, Cape Town

Riason Naidoo is a South African curator. He has curated several exhibitions on the work of veteran Durban photographer Ranjith Kally (b.1925), which have been shown in Johannesburg and Durban (2004) and travelled to museums in Mali (2005), Austria (2006), Spain (2006), and Reunion Island, France (2007). ‘The Indian in DRUM Magazine in the 1950s’ followed in 2006. The project was curated out of 500,000 negatives from the Bailey’s African History Archive; in 2008 he published a book by the same name. ‘1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective’ has been his most ambitious exhibition, showcasing a century of South African art via almost 600 artworks at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010). The exhibition sparked debate and controversy not only nationally but in reviews in New York, London, Berlin and Amsterdam as well. In 2012, he was one of three curators of the 10th edition of the Dakar Biennale of contemporary African art in Senegal. He also curated exhibitions on the works of legendary South African artist Peter Clarke in Dakar (2012), London (2013) and Paris (2013).

Jay Pather, Cape Town

Jay Pather is a South African curator and choreographer. He is Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Director of UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and Artistic Director of Siwela Sonke Contemporary Live Art, Cape Town. Pather is also curator for the Infecting the City Public Art Festivals and The GIPCA Live Art Festivals, he serves as a juror for the International Award for Public Art and is on the Board of the National Arts Festival of South Africa. Using choreographic conventions to disrupt and subvert ‘intimate’ encounters, Pather’s work brings slippery notions such as nationhood, love and violence to the fore. He has collaborated with visual artists, architects and urban planners, taking his inter-cultural performances into public spaces and working with the architecture of Johannesburg, Durban, London, Zanzibar, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, Bombay, Muscat, New Delhi, Copenhagen, Koln and Cape Town. He has received choreographic commissions from the British Council, The World Economic Forum, the Consul General Of India and World Social Forum amongst others. Productions include Afrocartography (Barcelona, 2009); Blind Spot (Copenhagen, 2009), and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, which opened the 2015 Dance Umbrella in Johannesburg.

Richard Pithouse, Grahamstown

Richard Pithouse lectures at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, where he teaches contemporary political theory and urban studies and runs an annual semester-long postgraduate seminar on the work of Afro-Caribbean psychiatrist, philosopher, writer and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. His recent academic work focuses on emancipatory political theory and popular struggles in contemporary South Africa. He is also a widely published journalist who has written about music, poetry and politics. He sustains a lifelong commitment to active participation in popular struggles.


Any Given Sunday

Artistic Events

5 July 2016 – Hasan & Husain Essop. Sighting of the new moon. Performance embedded in an annual muslim cultural tradition. Sea Point promenade. Sunset.

26 June 2016 – Burning Museum. Straatpraatjies. Reinterpretation of the relationship  between the city’s Arabic and Afrikaans heritage in a tandem visual art and music performance. Bo Kaap. 14h00-16h00.

19 June 2016 – Gabrielle Goliath. Elegy. Sound performance with vocalists that highlight incidents of violent rape and murder of women. Langa Methodist Church. 13h00-14h00.

16 June 2016 – Sethembile Msezane. The Charter. Performance drawing attention to the lack of visibility of black women in memorialized spaces as well as broken promises in the ‘new’ South Africa. Company’s Gardens. 11h00-13h00

12 June 2016 – Koleka Putuma. Collective Amnesia. Performance poetry on reflections of the current state of the nation. Metro Rail from Cape Town Station to Muizenburg Beach. 12h23-13h05.

10 June 2016 – Gerald Machona and Pak Ndjamena. Influx III. Dance/ theatre performance centered around textile factory workers at Romatex Home Textiles. Elsie’s River. 13h00-14h00.

23 May 2016 – Zanele Muholi. Talk to matric leaners (final year of school) at Silikamva High School in Hout Bay. 15h00-17h00.

22 May 2016 – Zanele Muholi. Reimagined self-portraits from the Somnyama Ngonyama series around the Cape Town Railway Station and Taxi Rank. 15h00-17h00.

20 May 2016 – Zanele Muholi. Public talk on recent bodies of work at the Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town. 17h30.

15 May 2016 – Buhlebezwe Siwani. Qunusa! Buhle. Interactive performance on the ambiguous relationship of traditional healers in black African society. Khayelitsha Meat Market. 13h00-15h00.

Additional partners: 

Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town
Silikamva High School, Hout Bay
Romatex Home Textiles
South African Clothing & Textile Workers Union (SACTWU)
Langa Methodist Church


Additional financial support by:

  • Institute for Creative Arts for Zanele Muholi’s accommodation in Cape Town
  • Institute for Creative Arts, Pro Helvetia (Swiss Arts Council) & Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) for Gerald Machona’s Influx III