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Residencies: Jan - Feb 2017

Azu Nwagbogu
Founder and director of LagosPhoto, Nwagbogu will participate in Plat(t)form 2017 – Forum for New European Photography in Winterthur, as well as allocate time for general network development in Switzerland.


The LagosPhoto Festival, is an annual international arts festival of photography which brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifaceted stories of Africa. He's also the creator of Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art and diaspora.


Nwagbogu also founded the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, and dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists.


He has been collecting and owns a diverse collection of modern contemporary art and has been curating private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organisations in the continent for the past 20 years.


Leonard de Muralt and Simon Acevedo
February 2017
Leonard de Muralt and Acevedo are ChâteauGhetto and will be in SA in February to work towards their second album.


They will be collaborating with Johannesburg based artists such as Gilles Furtwangler (CH) and Robert Machiri (Zim), among others.


Simon is currently doing a master’s and his thesis is about appropriation, diaspora and globalisation in the postcolonial Caribbean vernacular music contexts, and musically his work is characterised by collaboration and shocks. Léonard ‘s artistic practice, on the other hand questions the artisanal and vernacular products of the Helvetic landscape and folklore.


The duo aims to explore the multiplicity of music in Johannesburg, test the possible frictions, particularly through music and writing and to develop an artistic project somewhere between music and documentary.


Nico Krebs
After working on a project that focused on the landmass in the East of Europe, Nico Krebs would like to explore a new part of the world with his residency in Johannesburg.


He would like to continue his photographic, sculptural and film practice and focus on a line between the documentary approach and fictional story telling.


About his work he says: “I use mainly Photography and Film as means of gathering ‘sculpting’ material: out of collected snapshots and scenes a more complex composition is arranged. Usually after a longer process of evaluation and re-making and re-organisation, a new form takes shape.”v “I like to put myself into new situations to gather new impressions, ideas, scents and memories, all of which influence my process,” he says.


Born in 1979 in Switzerland, Krebs currently lives and works in Berlin.


Lela Scherrer
February – March
Fashion designer Lela Scherrer established her independent studio in Antwerp and Basel in 2002.

Recently, she has launched her own line showing the personal creative vision which has brought her national and international acclaim.


Scherrer has in the past collaborated with companies such as Dries van Noten, ELLE, Walter van Beirendonck and Wim Neels.


Her womenswear collections are characterised by a tailor-made approach, delivering garments to the highest standards of quality and design.


Scherrer will be in Cape Town on a three-month residency starting in February. She will be attending the Design Indaba and making connections in the craft and design fields, working towards developing news directions for her own work.

Christoph Oeschger
February -March
During his residency Christoph Oeschger would like to explore the complex historical, political and economic threads that connect Switzerland to the ‘City of Gold’ through the medium of the precious metal.


The residency will be a continuation of his work ‘AU’, which will consist of photographs and documentation in the mining, refining, jewellery, storage, technology and recycling realms or gold production.


Oeschger, who lives and works in Zurich, says he is constantly developing a new language of contemporary documentary photography that does not merely reproduce reality but reaches beyond its boundaries.


His strategies include mixing artistic with documentary strategies by using archival material as well as self-shot images.


Pro Helvetia Johannesburg

Swiss Arts Council

Heerengracht Building

PO Box 31532

87 De Korte Street

Braamfontein 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa


Tel. +27 11 403 1880

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