“Art confronts, art comforts, and it puts you within important discourses — often ones we are not ready to reckon with and are often shared,” says the curator, Siwa Mgoboza.
“Holding onto the past has not proven to be productive, but forgetting is a tough pill to swallow, as its legacy is so alive. Day in and day out, we read headlines about how race has been and continues to be a factor in tragic events that disproportionately affect people of colour. We could be focusing on that, but the alternative is brighter — rather, let’s look forward to joy — at the energy on the streets, the exuberance in the youth and the potential for growth, the healing, and progress, A tool as simple as paper could be used to imagine a reality so much bigger than all of us. A book, as a means to allow creative expression, is an incredible tool for young South Africans to be equipped with. Moleskine Foundation and NMAFA Smithsonian recognise the power that our racial communalities have, and it is evident in the partners in this endeavour."
The MoleskineFoundation’s innovative AtWork art academy will be hosted in Johannesburg from August 26 to 30, and is titled What Comes Next? The tours, and subsequent outputs, are focused on the youth and use unconventional teaching tools and experiences to foster critical thinking, continuous learning, and creative agency. Yearly themes aim to foster and stimulate collective and community-focused reflection on issues such as identity, diversity, and culture. The intensive five-day programme uses community-focused pedagogy to enthuse the building of an equitable and empathetic society through art, creativity and culture.