For SPARCK it is important to showcase work in unconventional settings that engage diverse audiences in innovative ways. The venues for Kakudji’s showings were chosen with this in mind.
The second showing of Kakudji’s Cape Diary was held at Blank Projects. On 9 April when the show opened, Blank was still situated at the edge of Bo-Kaap, formally known as the Cape Malay Quarter, a traditionally Muslim area named after the descendants of slaves from Batavia, Java, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia imported to the Cape by the Dutch in the 17th century. Blank has since relocated to nearby Woodstock.
Kakudji wanted to show the physical collages (rather than projections alone). Public space was not suitable given their fragility. Blank Projects was ideal: it is a distinctly unconventional space, in which artists are invited to show their work free of charge, without any strictures as to content or form, and with considerable assistance by the people who run the space (big thanks to director Jonathan Garnham). The audiences Blank attracts are varied, crossing boundaries of age, class, gender and interest.