Concepts of Freedom: Film Festival
Stellenbosch Museum Voorgelegen, 116 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch, South Africa
African storytellers, if their craft is to have value, need to re-text the narrative process and their engagement with the perspectives offered by a deliberate exploration of ‘other’ and ‘self’. How we navigate conceptions of freedom in motion picture need to be dictated by an inherent ‘knowing’; of history, of connections to ancestry and of rich cultural contexts.
The work in this exhibition and film festival responds to the shifting landscape of visual engagement. With our interrupted history in frame, the artists make it apparent that the most effective approach to expanding the medium of visual art is… Whatever we want. BUT, it is important, however, to remain in dialogue with existing mediums; ones that have served different functions on the continent: what was and is already here.