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Genevieve MCC honoured to be part of The Shining Girls Charity Art Show for Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust.

Genevieve MCC will be supporting this event with bubbles, we are honoured and proud to be part of this sure success!

Award-winning author Lauren Beukes, and design curator and consultant, Jacki Lang, have come together to  create an exciting charity art show as part of The Book Lounge’s Open Book Festival. The event, loosely themed around Beukes’s international hit novel, The Shining Girls, will showcase amazing local talent, with all proceeds going to Rape Crisis. The team approached a selection of over 50 hand-picked South African artists, designers, illustrators, photographers and even jewellery designers to participate in the collaborative exhibition. The artists were sent pages that had been ripped out of the book and invited to create new and original pieces of art with them – inspired by the many themes the book invites: from the loops and tangles of history and time travel through to all the eras the book encompasses: from 1930s burlesque to 1990s punk.

The Exhibition:

All the works will be framed and sold with 100% of the proceeds going to Rape Crisis. We’re hoping to raise    R50 000. In the interests of making the artwork accessible to the widest audience and raising as much money as possible, all the works will be sold at the same very affordable price of R1000 each. The exhibition will enable art lovers to purchase original new works from some of South Africa’s most talented artists. It’s also an opportunity for artists to create new pieces outside of their existing portfolios. How each artist responds to the brief and the vastly varied creations that come out of it are part of what makes the the show so interesting.

The Artists:

Lauren Beukes and Jacki Lang put together a wish-list of South African artists across various disciplines from illustration and painting to sculpture, street art and jewellery design, asking them to create an original work they would be willing to donate for the show. 
Over 50 responded with surprising, inventive, playful and beautiful pieces, using illustration, painting, laser- cutting, foil, cross-stitch, leather-work, Perspex and engraving. 
Some of the contributing artists include: Zapiro, Conrad Botes, Faith 47, Brett Murray, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Roger Ballen, Serge Alain Nitigeka, Wim Botha, Claudette Schreuders, Cameron Platter, Gabby Raaff, Frank van Reenen, Jordan Metcalf, Liza Grobler, Olaf Bischoff, , Paul Senyol, Peter Eastman, Rikus Ferreira, Beth Diane Armstrong, Hannelie Taute and Joey Hi-Fi.

About the Book: 

The Shining Girls is a novel about a time-travelling serial killer who hunts young women full of burning potential and the fiery survivor who turns the hunt around. It’s a high concept thriller that also explores how we are haunted by history, how women’s roles and rights have changed in the 20th century and what violence does to us on an individual level and as a society.

The novel is being published in 23 countries, has earned praise from writers like Stephen King and Gillian Flynn and has had glowing reviews in The New York Times and The Guardian. It’s nominated for the Crime Writers Association’s 2013 Gold Dagger and the TV rights have been optioned by MRC and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way.

The Exhibition Details:

Opening night: Friday 6 September
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: Cape Town School of Photography, 4th Floor, 62 Roeland Street, Cape Town, 8001
Exhibition runs until 13 September, open 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday.

Demons, icons and big surprises at Encounters 2011

International Documentary Film Festival in South AfricaThe 13th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival returns to Cape Town and Johannesburg from 9-26 June 2011. This year’s selection has all the hallmarks of an edgy teenager, like a fascination with sex (G-Spotting), celebrity (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a winner at Sundance in 2010 last year), rebellion (LennonNYC), and injustice (Black Power Mixtape, a winner at Sundance in 2011).

Opening up the world to South Africans each year, Encounters is widely acclaimed as Africa’s most prestigious documentary festival. This year’s selection features 37 films from 14 countries and five continents, including 11 world premieres, 19 South African films and 17 international films. Read the rest of this entry »

Glitterboys and Ganglands…and Genevieve MCC

Genevieve MCC is delighted to be sponsoring the World Premiere function of ‘Glitterboys and Ganglands’ at The 13th Encounters South African International Documentary Festival.

‘Glitterboys and Ganglands’ is about South Africa’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant. It is irreverent, fun, glamorous, hard-hitting and ultimately a feel-good film about acceptance and tolerance.

The film is both gritty and glamorous, capturing the humour, the drama, tears and triumphs of the girls who step out from the Cape Flats and onto the ramp to vie for the tiara – and the chance to prove themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Getting to know you… #3

We’re honoured to get to know South African Sci-Fi author, Lauren Beukes, (@laurenbeukes) a bit better. Especially because she’s managed to find a gap in her hectic post-award-winning schedule to answer our questions using her brilliant wordsmithing skills!

Lauren recently won Britain’s premier award for science fiction literature, the Arthur C Clarke Award, for her latest novel, Zoo City.

Following her on Twitter is a treat and we just love her profile description “Writer (aka glorified typist) of novels, including Zoo City and Moxyland, short stories, screenplays and magazine articles”.

Read on and find out about her interesting food and music tastes and see her this weekend at the Franschhoek Literary Festival (13-15 May 2011)

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