Films4Peace commissioned by PUMA
“This video isn't just about peace in itself, it is more about the process of getting there. I wanted to create, rather solicit, a slow time-inspired unraveling of the identities -- something that fascinates me -- that weigh heavily on us and perhaps our daily performances as people. That is what the most recent avatar in my latest body of work does… in a loop. “The Future White Woman of Azania” is a character made up of liquid paint filled balloons and resembles a science diagram. I wanted the action to revolve around two acts: that of engaging in the catharsis of walking and that of “weeping” -- a purging that here is represented by the popping. Enter “The Flower of Azania“, who in stark contrast has the appearance of a gestating flower, accumulating scale and animation. Both these scenes are brought together by the gong that encourages an engagement with these two different movements that are both a good Purge.”- Athi-Patra Ruga, Cape Town 2013 (c)
FILMS4PEACE is a short film commission curated by Mark Coetzee, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA. This unique project features 27 of today’s most innovative contemporary artists visually interpreting the subject of peace.
These engaging works have been screened at hundreds of cultural and educational venues globally and seen by 19 million people.Film and video is now an integral part of art production. This exhibition of films4peace inaugurates a dedicated programme, the Zeitz MOCAA Centre for the Moving Image, that will focus specifically on cutting edge developments in, and discourses around the moving image.
In 2017 Zeitz MOCAA will move into the historic grain silo buildingatthe V&A Waterfront where the stateof the art Zeitz MOCAA Centre for the Moving Image is being constructed.
Athi-Patra Ruga is one of the 27 artists with video at this exhibition, stop by at Zietz MOCCAA from the 3rd of December 2014 to the 1st of February 2015.