Zwelethu Machepha selected to ARP – Art Residency Project 2015/2017

Zwelethu Machepha selected to ARP – Art Residency Project 2015/2017

5th edition of the Exchange of Artist between Italy and South Africa.


Centro Luigi Di Sarro, Rome and the partner Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town are pleased to announce that the South African artist selected for the 2016/2017 Edition of ARP- Art Residency Project – is Zwelethu Machepha.

Zwelethu Machepha was born in Johannesburg in 1990. After he matriculated, he joined the Artist Proof Studio to study printmaking. His work – painting, drawing and graphics – has been showed in several prestigious group exhibitions, including the Johannesburg Art Gallery.

The residency will take place in Rome starting the 3rd of May, 2016, after which the artist will have a solo exhibition, at Centro Di Sarro, opening on May 31st 2016. The exhibition and the residency will conclude on 11 June and 13 June 2016, respectively.

During the period of residency the Machepha’s work will be filmed and photographed in order to make a documentary and a printed catalogue which will include also the second part of the project: the residency and exhibition of an Italian artist in Cape Town during February-March 2017.

Both artists involved in the swop project will realize together a site-specific at the Tsoga Community Centre in Samora Machel township during March 2017. The event, in cooperation with the Italian Consulate in Cape Town, provides a contest aimed at the informal artists active in the suburbs of Cape Town, with the awarding of a prize.

The entire project for the cultural education is intended to benefit young artists under 35, has the contribution by MAECI, Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and has the patronage of the Italian Embassy in South Africa and the South African Embassy in Italy.

Z.Machepha - Colonial Ghosts series
Z.Machepha – Colonial Ghosts series             

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