2019 GPS Projects
Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS)

GPS © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

The Goethe-Institut is proud to announce the six projects that have been selected for support as part of its 2019 Goethe Project Space (GPS) programme. An independent jury of arts professionals, made up of Boyzie Cekwana, Nontobeko Ntombela, Carina Truyts and Thato Mokgotsi selected the following GPS projects for 2019:
Thokozani Mhlambi (Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal)
Artist Talks

Artist Talks is a chance for emerging artist to interact, engage and learn from established artists the tricks of the trade. More crucially the Artist Talks are a chance to archive artistic practice as described, named & upheld by the artists themselves. 

Douglas Sekete (Soweto, Gauteng)
Kasi Talent: Zithande; "a cure"

A project embarking on a quest to empower township youth with the freedom to own their own choices and look beyond their present circumstances through story-telling and movement.
Lindiwe Matshikiza (GaMothapo, Limpopo; Johannesburg)
One Take Grace

A decade of spontaneous and imaginative archiving has led to this collection of experimental audiovisual poems documenting and interpreting the life of actor and domestic worker, Grace Mothiba Bapela. To mark the project’s transition from documentation to exhibition, the work will be unveiled for the first time in Ms Bapela’s home village of Ga Mothapo in Limpopo.

Julie Nxadi (Makhanda, Eastern Cape)
ZOLA: A multi-media narrative installation and performance

The installation is a multi-disciplinary narrative expression that includes but is not limited to physical theatre, choreography, photography, film, literature, and animation. The project (curated by Julie Nxadi) features a collaboration between Grahamstowns' Joza Youth Hub, dance collective Unknown Assets, and mulit-disciplinary art collective Kiosk.
Russel Hlongwane (Durban, KwaZulu-Natal)
The Hands that Feed you

The Hands That Feed You: Fumbatha Khangeza is an exhibition and zine-publication that reflects on the dynamics of a global dependency system, tracing maps of economic, political, social and psychological dependency through present day affairs. By using visual gestures, curatorship and design strategies, it points to the flows of waste, surplus and humanitarian “charity pornography” — through which visual hierarchies and generalized prejudice are imposed.
Nadine Mckenzie (Cape Town, Western Cape)
ArtsAbility Dance Residency 2019

ArtsAbility Dance Residency is South Africa’s premier Integrated dance training programme for young people living with disability who want to pursue dance as a profession.
The Goethe-Institut would like to congratulate the selected projects and looks forward to working with them to see works realised as part of the GPS programme in 2019!
We also wish to thank everyone who submitted proposals for this call. The proposals were of a very high standard, and it was not simple to make a selection of the six projects we could support. We wish every artist or collective that put in an application for GPS 2019 the very best with the important work they are doing.
The next open call for proposals will launch in June 2019, with deadline in August 2019. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned!