Future Cape Town has announced the 5 women artists to participate in the CONSTRUCTING FUTURE CITIES research program, after the open call period in March.
Michelle Mlati, Thozama Mputa and the Counterspace Team comprising Amina Kaskar, Sumayya Vally and Sarah de Villiers have been selected as the women artists to participate in the CONSTRUCTING FUTURE CITIES research programme.
CONSTRUCTING FUTURE CITIES will support women artists to produce works which are inspired by the views and imagination of women about the future of cities. It provides an opportunity for the artists to contribute directly to the research of our organisation and to give visual expression to the voices of women in the built environment sector.
As part of the programme, the artists will visit various buildings and spaces in Cape Town and Durban and will take part in discussions focusing on the built environment sector in general to inform and inspire their visual works. The artists will visit Durban 26, 27 and 28 April 2017, and thereafter produce the visual pieces during a studio week in Cape Town between 22 and 26 May 2017.
Speaking on the broader objectives of the programme, Rashiq Fataar, Director of Future Cape Town : “We recognise the persistent gender inequality in the built environment sector and the implications this can have on how cities are envisioned and planned. Despite the rise of female city leaders and professionals around the world and the growing expression of female voices, more can be done to give a platform to women’s views on future cities. We look forward to engaging with bright, emerging artists to give visual expression to how women would design and build our cities”.
Says Michelle Mlati a participating artist : “I am delighted to participate in Constructing Future Cities and hope it will cultivate an appetite for co-creating African futures that demands a politics of aspiration to manifest.”