"The Intervention" on the Kurzfilmtage Channel

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen


The Kurzfilmtage Channel presents artists from the African continent


On 30 June 2021, the Kurzfilmtage Channel is launching a six-part online series showcasing the video artworks of six multi-disciplinary artists from the African continent, curated and hosted by South African curator Joan Legalamitlwa. Until December 2021, this monthly series will feature works by video artists from Tanzania, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Botswana, including Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), Buhlebezwe Siwani (South Africa), Jackie Karuti (Kenya), Kitso Lynn Lelliot (Botswana) and others.The series will provide insights into the contemporary art scene in Africa and give international audiences an opportunity to discover new artists and themes.


“The Intervention” will be launched on 30 June and continue until December 2021. Each part will feature a selection of works by one artist from the African continent, comprising an introduction, a film programme presented on the Kurzfilmtage Channel and a Q&A session with the featured artist. The series opens with a programme of works by Rehema Chachage (Tanzania), which will go online on 30 June at 6 p.m. CEST, followed by an introduction and Q&A (invitation only) on 1 July. The films will be freely available here on the Channel.


“’The Intervention’ comes at a time when the global art industry has been dealt quite a blow as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. Traditional exhibition and sales platforms as we knew them are a thing of the past. ‘The Intervention’ seeks to fill this void by providing an alternative platform for African visual artists to present their work and have meaningful engagements with an international audience,” says series curator and host Joan Legalamitlwa.



About Rehema Chachage:


Rehema Chachage is a visual artist whose practice can be viewed as a performative archive which untraditionally collects stories, rituals and other oral traditions in different media (performance, photography, video, text as well as physical installations); which traces hi/stories directly tied to (and connecting with) her matrilineage; and, which utilizes methodologies which are both embodied and instinctual, employing written texts, oral and aural stories, melodies, and relics from several re-enacted/performed rituals as source of research. Chachage has a BA in Fine Art (2009) from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town; and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory (2018) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Currently she is doing her PhD in practice with the Academy of Fine Art in Vienna with her research focusing on the archive and its methodologies, specifically observing ways of doing the archive differently through one’s practice as an artist.

The artist’s website: https://rehemachachage.co.tz/


Works presented:

Kwa Baba Rithi Undugu I (2010)

Kwa Baba Rithi Undugu II (2010)

The Flower (2014)

Letters to... (2016)


About the curator:

Joan Legalamitlwa is a South African based film and visual arts curator and project manager and the founding director of Legalamitlwa Arts, an arts organisation which facilitates art projects, talks and film screenings. In her capacity as visual arts curator, Legalamitlwa has curated solo exhibitions for South African visual artists Lerato Shadi, Yasser Booley and Giorgie Bhunu, continuing from her curatorial role at Stevenson gallery between 2010 and 2011. Legalamitlwa co-curated the inaugural TEDx talks in Mahikeng in 2019 and has pulled together numerous collaborative development projects across radio, visual art, television and film and cultural events, most notably as project manager at the Children’s Radio Foundation (2012-2014) and Airlocked Events (2017-2019). She has curated and directed various film festivals and events in South Africa, which include the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival and the North West Film Festival. Legalamitlwa has also curated South African film programmes in Portugal and Brazil and has served on juries at the South African Film and Television Awards, Apollo Film Festival, the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival and the Cape Winelands Film Festival. She is currently working on the first ever publication on the visual art history of the North West Province, South Africa.


Media partners:

Art Africa Magazine, Cape Town

Contemporary And (C&) Magazine, Berlin


Press contact: Sabine Niewalda, phone +49 (0)208 825-3073, niewalda(at)kurzfilmtage.de