Visiting Fellow Raymond Bulambula guides a UVA art student in making a "Marratjirri" Morning Star Pole.

Fayerweather Hall, McIntire Department of Art at the University of Virginia

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Historic Byrd Theatre, Richmond, VA

The Pocahontas Reframed Storytellers Film Festival stems from a passion and desire for indigenous languages, cultures, and societies to thrive. The Festival strives to bring together artists, authors, filmmakers, and actors willing to share, teach, and explain their creativity and history. The Festival includes Native American-affiliated classic and recently released films that have been official selections of world-renowned festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, the South by Southwest Film Festival, and the Toronto International Film Festival.

The schedule for the 2018 Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival will feature work by current Mellon Indigenous Arts Faculty Fellow Federico Cuatlacuatl and 2018 Mellon Indigenous Arts Visiting Fellow Shelly Niro! Check out the full festival schedule here

TICKETS $10 Weekend Pass / $35 VIP Pass. Purchase tickets here.

Performance | Guillermo Gómez PeñA

Wednesday, November 14, 2018
5pm | Harrison Small Auditorium

Guillermo Gómez Peña

2018-19 Ruffin DIstinguished Artist in Residence

In his latest solo work, renowned artist Guillermo Gómez Peña, in residence at UVa in Fall 2018, combines new and classical performance material, drawn from nearly 30 years of a living artistic archive, to reflect upon the most pressing issues of our world today: gender, race, democracy, and equality in a world of global community and local polarization.

Please join us on November 14 at 5 pm in the Harrison Small Auditorium (outside of Special Collections) for an exciting performance that invites us to rethink the intersections of art, activism, and the academy.

Sponsored by the McIntire Department of Art.

Xolile Madinda in Residence

Monday, November 5, 2018
McIntire Dept of Music

Monday, November 5th - Sunday, November 11th

Madinda's visit includes a full week of performances, workshops and class visits.

His residency will culminate with a performance at the Bridge as part of the Telemetry music series.


ABOUT THE ARTIST Xolile (‘X') Madinda is a hip-hop artist, social activist, community educator and entrepreneur based in Grahamstown/ Makhanda in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. A fiercely talented artist and rapper, X - together with Mxolisi Bodla (aka Biz) - is one of the founding members of Defboyz, one of the most influential hip hop groups in the Eastern Cape. Biz and X combine hip hop, poetry and beats with social messages and community activism to forge social cohesion. X is also one of the founding members of the Youth Art group Fingo Revolutionary Movement and Fingo Festival, a week-long annual event now in its ninth year and part of the National Arts Festival . X programmes and organizes an ambitious roster of artists and speakers, blending cutting-edge South African DJs, beats and rhymes with discussions, live art, lectures and children’sactivities.

X is also founder and CEO of Around Hip Hop, an organization that is currently building The Black Power Station, a pioneering arts space within the re-emerging industrial area of Grahamstown/ Makhanda. Alongside his artistic career, X has spearheaded a range of community and social education groups ranging from Khulumani community journalism to Save our Schools and Community Association. A visionary artist whose life is dedicated to community education and organisation, X has already made a lasting impact on the artistic and social life of the Eastern Cape and further afield. In 2014 he was invited to tour the US as part of the artists as social change movement, and he returns to the US in November 2018 for a week's residency at UVa.

View and interview with Xolile Madinda here:

Sound curator and ethnomusicologist Noel Lobley has been collaborating with X for more than a decade, and in August they co-hosted a live event in the Black Power Station, titled 'Graham's Legacy, Makhanda's Future'.

X's residency will build on long-term collaborative projects between South Africa and UVA, and is generously sponsored by the African Urbanism Humanities Lab. View the FULL RESIDENCY SCHEDULE HERE. Please RSVP to Noel Lobley, noel.lobley@virginia.edu if you would like to attend some of the events on the schedule. 

INQUIRIES For further information please contact noel.lobley@virginia.edu.

Telemetry with Xolile "X" Madinda

Sunday, November 11, 2018
7pm | The Bridge PAI

Xhosa activist artist Xolile Madinda will be in residence at UVA between Monday November 5th and Sunday November 11th for a full week of performances, workshops and class visits. The residency will culminate with a performance at the Bridge as part of the Telemetry music series.

Xolile (‘X') Madinda is a hip-hop artist, social activist, community educator and entrepreneur based in Grahamstown/ Makhanda in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. A fiercely talented artist and rapper, X - together with Mxolisi Bodla (aka Biz) -  is  one of the founding members of Defboyz, one of the most influential hip hop groups in the Eastern Cape. Biz and X combine hip hop, poetry and beats with social messages and community activism to forge social cohesion. X is also one of the founding members of the Youth Art group Fingo Revolutionary Movement and Fingo Festival, a  week-long annual event now in its ninth year and part of the National Arts Festival . X programmes and organizes an ambitious roster of artists and speakers, blending cutting-edge South African DJs, beats and rhymes with discussions, live art, lectures and children’s activities.

X is also founder and CEO of Around Hip Hop, an organization that is currently building The Black Power Station, a pioneering arts space within the re-emerging industrial area of Grahamstown/ Makhanda. Alongside his artistic career, X has spearheaded a range of community and social education groups ranging from Khulumani community journalism to Save our Schools and Community Association. A visionary artist whose life is dedicated to community education and organisation, X has already made a lasting impact on the artistic and social life of the Eastern Cape and further afield. In 2014 he was invited to tour the US as part of the artists as social change movement, and he returns to the US in November 2018 for a week's residency at UVa. 

Sound curator and ethnomusicologist Noel Lobley has been collaborating with X for more than a decade, and in August they co-hosted a live event in the Black Power Station, titled 'Graham's Legacy, Makhanda's Future'. 

X's residency will build on long-term collaborative projects between South Africa and UVA, and is generously sponsored by the African Urbanism Humanities Lab

For further information please contact noel.lobley@virginia.edu.

Yolngu Films at Virginia Film Festival

Saturday, November 3, 2018
7:30pm | Jefferson School

Three Yolngu films will be screened at the Virginia Film Festival this year, including two short films by Mellon Indigneous Arts Fellow Ishmael Marika! Marika's shorts, Galka and Gapu Ga Gunda, with be screened before the feature film Gurrumul. Mellon Fellows Ishmael Marika and Wukun Wanambi will join Curator Henry Skerritt for a discussion after the screenings. 

DATE/TIME Saturday, November 3, 7:30-10pm

LOCATION Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, 233 4th St NW, 2nd floor, Charlottesville, VA 22903

TICKETS must be purchased in advance from the Virgina Film Festival website: https://secure.virginiafilmfestival.org/8168/8234


About the Films

GALKA

Indigenous filmmaker Ishmael Marika brings to life the Yolngu mythological figure Galka, a man of dark power and magic. A young boy has a chilling encounter with this mysterious stranger, creating the perfect horror short for the Halloween season. Discussion with director Ishmael Marika.

GAPU GA GUNDA

As cyclone Lam approaches Yirrkala, Nonggirrnga Marawili reflects on her origins. She shares her personal history from life as a hunter gatherer to one of Australia’s most interesting contemporary artists. Discussion with director Ishmael Marika.

GURRUMUL

Praised by audiences spanning the globe, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was considered one of the most prominent vocal artists to ever emerge from Australia. Blind from birth, Gurrumul found his voice through music. Amidst living a traditional Yolngu life, Gurrumul utilized his musical ability to inspire his Elcho Island community in far North East Arnhem Land. When his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ was released, artists around the world started to embrace the enigmatic talent and his music. Carrying on Gurrumul’s legacy, this documentary offers a glimpse into the cultural and ceremonial lifestyle that informed the singer’s musical artistry. Discussion with shorts director Ishmael Marika and Wukun Wanambi (The Mulka Project), moderated by Henry F. Skerritt (Kluge-Ruhe).

 

Dance Workshop with Amrita Hepi

Friday, September 21, 2018
3-5pm | UVA Culqreth Stage

Dance Workshop with Amrita Hepi

Friday, September 21  |  3:00 - 5:00 pm  |  free  |  UVA Culbreth Stage

This workshop focuses on how to acknowledge the land you are on while dancing. It will include a discussion about cultural dance and how dance is created collaboratively, tuition in phrasing and gestures, and peer presentation. It is open to anyone, regardless of dance experience. 

Amrita Hepi is an award winning choreographer and dancer with Bundjulung (Australia) and Ngapuhi (New Zealand) Indigenous heritage. Her mission as an artist is to push the barriers of intersectionality and make work that garners multiple access points through allegories. Her practice at present is interested in the perpetuation of culture, tradition 

and a ‘decolonial imagination.'

Space is limited to please register here.

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