• Since 2006
  • Gugulethu (Cape Town), South Africa

One of the vicious circles in which South African society in general, and South African artists in particular are caught up in, lies in the fact that the “black” and “colored” part of the population still lives predominantly in the spatially separate and underprivileged “townships.” In the schools there is often no such thing as art classes, and the galleries and museums are all located in the former “white” centers of the cities, so that the local population has virtually no access to art. This is where the activities of the art collective Gugulective come in, which was formed in 2006 in the township of Gugulethu, today a suburb of Cape Town. The members of the collective work in various media, such as painting, photography, film, video, and animation, and include actors, dancers, performers, musicians, DJs, rappers, and poets. Guglective operates from a shebeen (an unlicensed drinking place) called Kwa Mlamli, which is its venue for events and exhibitions and was a meeting point for political activists during the Apartheid era. Especially for young people, who hardly ever come into contact with the arts, Kwa Mlamli is far more attractive than a gallery, even though some parents would prefer not to see their kids in such a “disreputable” place. In the marginalized situation of today, it is one of Gugulective’s goals to make the history and legacy of Apartheid visible again and to combat it with artistic methods.