Moleskine Foundation launches a call for young international creative talents to participate in its itinerant educational format AtWork under the umbrella topic: “What comes first?”.
Moleskine Foundation will partner with the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and Constitution Hill for the next chapter of its AtWork educational tour What Comes First? Held August 26 – 30, 2022, in the iconic Constitution Hill—a former apartheid prison complex—in Johannesburg, the workshop is part of The Demonstration, a 10-day art experience presented by the National Museum of African Art in collaboration with Johannesburg Art Fair’s Open City and the Moleskine Foundation.
The Moleskine Foundation is a non-profit organization that pursues a mission of “Creativity for Social Change.” A central belief is that creativity is key to producing positive change in society and driving our collective future. Its focus is to inspire, empower and connect young people to transform themselves and their communities. To do so, the Foundation implements a set of unconventional educational programs that unlock the creative potential and develop change making attitude in youth.
The Demonstration is curated by South African visual artist and cultural curator Siwa Mgoboza. The experiences will focus on the theme of ‘Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past’ as part of a One Smithsonian coordinated, institutional effort to explicitly address systemic racism and racial inequity and take the issue to a global community through the lens of art and creativity.
It is particularly relevant and timely— when Johannesburg is pulsing with the FNB Joburg Art Fair, Open City and other important events—for AtWork to participate in this vibrant program. The workshop will provide a space where an unconventional mix of creative young people from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities can reckon with the past and imagine the future in dialogue with young artists, collectors, policymakers, lawyers, doctors, and curators.
Led by Simon Njami, internationally renowned writer, curator, lecturer, critic, essayist, and Moleskine Foundation advisor, 25 young thinkers will debate and discuss on the topic “What comes first?” before each produces a personalised notebook that is the reflection of a thought at work and expresses what comes first for each of them. Their works will be exhibited at the Old Fort of Constitution Hill starting September 3 before becoming part of the Moleskine Foundation Collection, a unique archive of more than 1400 art notebooks.