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          "Forming Community" panelists at Southern Guild
          Southern Guild Los Angeles hosts special events for LA Art Week

          27 Feb 2024 (2 min) read

          Southern Guild's newly opened gallery in Melrose Hill will bring artists and curators from South Africa and the US together for an engaging panel discussion and artist walkabout this Friday, 1 March.

          Forming Community: Breaking down borders that do not serve us

          Date: Friday 1 March 2024
          Time: 9.30am – Mimosas, coffee and pastries | 10 – 11am: Panel discussion

          South African artist Andile Dylavane, and curators Storm Ascher (US) and Dr. Mpho Matsipabe (South Africa) will come together for a panel discussion moderated by Frieze LA Focus curator, Essence Harden.

          As a holding space for cultural exchange and heterogenous artistic expression, the panelists will be invited to define what ‘community’ means to them. Within an increasingly divisive yet more globally connected world than ever before, this event will ask: “What binds us, and what challenges human connection and empathetic exchange?”

          About the panelists:

          Storm Ascher is an independent curator, writer, and founder of Superposition Gallery and The Hamptons Black Arts Council, a non-profit charitable organisation based in New York State dedicated to upholding the legacy of Black art institutions on the East End of Long Island.

          Andile Dyalvane is one of Africa’s foremost ceramic artists. Guided by a deep spiritual connection to his Xhosa ancestors, Dyalvane’s large-scale sculptures are a metaphorical vessel through which he honours his cultural traditions and shares his journey of healing.

          Dr. Mpho Matsipa is an educator, researcher and curator, and holds a PhD in Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has taught at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, Columbia University and the Cooper Union and GSD, Harvard University.

          Essence Harden is the co-curator of Made in LA, 2025, curator of Frieze LA, Focus 2024, and a visual arts curator at the California African American Museum. Harden has curated exhibitions at The Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA), Art + Practice, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), Human Resources (Los Angeles), and Oakland Museum of California, amongst others.

          RSVP to [email protected]

          Zizipho Poswa Indyebo yakwaNtu (Black Bounty) Southern Guild LA 2024
          Zizipho Poswa Indyebo yakwaNtu (Black Bounty) Southern Guild LA 2024

          Collaborating Across Continents: Zizipho Poswa and CSULB

          Date: Friday, 1 March 2024
          Time: 11am – 12 noon

          Join artist Zizipho Poswa for a walkabout of Indyebo yakwaNtu, her current solo exhibition on view at Southern Guild Los Angeles. Featuring monumental ceramic and bronze sculptures, this series explores African beautification and ritual.

          Poswa will discuss her collaborative approach to creating these works during her residency at the Center for Contemporary Ceramics at California State University Long Beach. The center’s director, Chris Miles and the founder of the programme, Tony Marsh, will join the conversation and share insights into the residency programme.

          RSVP to [email protected]

          Both events will be held at Southern Guild Los Angeles: 747 N Western Ave, Melrose Hill, Los Angeles.