The Fak’ugesi exhibition gallery pays tribute to digital artists from Africa and the Diaspora

Tshimologong Innovation Precinct and BetterShared will end the year on a high note with the launch of a brand new 3D virtual gallery space, which will run from November 25, 2021 to January 04, 2022. The Fakugesi exhibition space is an attractive platform to discover and buy the best of contemporary art by artists from Africa and the diaspora.

The Fak’ugesi Digital Festival 3D Gallery will feature the work of 40 digital artists that will be featured in the virtual gallery space, with 8 works that will be featured in the physical gallery in Tshimologong. Over the years, the Fak’ugesi Festival has showcased the innovative work of over 400 digital artists from various digital creative sectors and countries across the continent.

To celebrate 7 years of the Fakugesi Digital Innovation Festival, a catalog of graduates will be launched during the exhibition. The catalog is a celebration of the immense talent of selected digital creators who have made significant contributions to the festival over the years.

“The gallery space is a virtual room of 3D glass graphic shipping containers, each housing a curated exhibition filled with explosive, contemplative, and experimental works on games, digital art, animation, and more. Everyone has worked hard to ensure that the exhibition and graduate catalog provide a broad and beautiful view of the digital creative industries in Africa today, and a view that we are proud to have helped build. Says Fak’ugesi Festival Curator Dillion S. Phiri.

The exhibition pays homage to some of the most indispensable work of digital artists across Africa by documenting innovations and culture on the continent. Results from the Fak’ugesi Labs are also on display at the gallery, including an interactive animation created by a group of Johannesburg-based creatives and led by Fak’ugesi, Arts Research Africa and City of Bogota Artist-in-Residence Crila Regina of Colombia, Bogotá.

The public will have the opportunity to explore contemporary digital photography through the religious work of South Africans Sanele and Puleng Mongane in the exhibition “No Boundaries”. In addition to digital artworks developed based on data discoveries by selected artists who participated in the Digital SUPERPOWER! Laboratory. The digital SUPERPOWER! Lab is an initiative that aims to empower women and the LGBTQIA+ community to make sense of gender safety issues in their environment.

There’s compelling work from animators digging into the folk canon of Africa, with projects like Deidre Janties’ Stories In Die Wind and Formation Animation’s Azania Rises, both part of the Fak’ugesi exhibit. Stories. Augmented reality artists Xabiso Vili and Sonwabo Valishaya present a thought-provoking exhibition in physical space, Re/Member your Descendants. The exhibition asks the question, if you were an ancestor, why would your descendants call on you?

BetterShared, Founder and CEO, Swakara Atwell-Bennet, says, “It has been a great opportunity to work on Fak’ugesi Festival. This is our biggest gallery build and we’ve also been able to really push the concept and create something very different from what’s already out there in terms of virtual galleries.

The physical gallery of Tshimologong will be an opportunity for the media and the general public to dialogue with some of the creators.

Marilyn M. Davis