Artist Proof: Printmaking, Social Action & Cross-Cultural Connections
April 21, 2011
Join Concord painter and printmaker Ilana Manolson for an inspiring discussion of art and social activism, based on her recent visit to Artist Proof Studio, Johannesburg.
Ilana will share the story of Massachusetts-trained South African printmaker and activist Kim Berman, along with excerpts from the film A Ripple in the Water: Healing Through Art (produced by Eileen M. Foti and Patricia Piroh) highlighting the work of Berman's ground-breaking printmaking studio Artist Proof.
When apartheid broke down in South Africa, Kim sold her belongings, bought a press with the proceeds, had it shipped to South Africa, and moved there herself to found Artist Proof Studio, a powerful community-based visual arts training program. The studio now trains a large and diverse group of local artists, often from very challenging backgrounds, providing them with the skills and qualifications to sustain careers in printmaking. Ilana and her colleagues recently traveled to South Africa to experience Kim's influential work and to contribute by teaching advanced printmaking techniques enabling students to strengthen their connections between their own imagery and the experience of an international artists' community.
Join us for this inside look at the creative vitality and connection that comes with printmaking, and the social change that can come with its communal reliance on shared resources. Please see the website at www.artistproofstudio.org.za
Free and open to all!