The highlight of the residency was a collaboration with a group of young artists called Gugulective in their Gugulethu HQ, on 11 April 2009. Gugulethu, for those who don’t know Cape Town, is a township about 15 minutes outside the city centre.
This event was staged as a 3-way installation:
- Projection inside the “Shack” – one of several exhibition and meeting spaces at the collective’s HQ – showcasing Kakudji’s collages: those seen at the Chimurenga launch and a series of self-portraits produced afterwards;
- Projection in the courtyard of a video documenting the artist’s encounter with Cape Town;
- A sound installation in a permanently parked VW Beetle (lovingly called Gugu) that lives in the Gugulective courtyard.
A crowd of about 30 from across the Cape Town area experienced the Gugs event, which culminated in a 2-hour heated discussion with live Skype chats to London and Paris about Kakudji’s work (check out the video link below). The discussion continued back in the city centre during an afterparty at Zula Bar on Long Street, at which Kakudji’s video was screened again – this time to the beat of Fela Kuti and King Tubby.
Watch excerpts from the discussion with Gugulective below: