JOHANNESBURG - Emergency Art has hit South Africa. International and local artists have just 24 hours to create and display works at the Museum of African Design in Johannesburg.
Each piece tackles a burning social issue and is removed after 24 hours. Some of the best pieces will though, be showcases until the end of July.
The exhibition forms part of the Emergency Room family of works that’s travelled to 10 countries.
"They are reflecting about the dysfunctions, the problems the artists are seeing – it’s a way of registering what is happening around the world, but through art works,” said Tijana Miskovi, Curator.
" I’ve been researching and watching news from different countries – my emergency - it’s about the refugee crisis in Europe and I read a new report by the United Nations that says recently, ten thousand people have died in the ocean trying to escape from war... while we talk in Europe about who should take which refugees, people are dying,” said Nadia Plesner, Danish Artist.
“Many of these kids are dying, I’ve seen footage of children all by themselves so they fall over from the boat... and they find them all alone in the ocean so I would like to link between the child that play with this, and the reality for some of the children in different parts of the world, continued Plesner.
“I did an artwork about the Danish home, about that they’re going to buy 27 of these war planes from the United States. I really disagree with the way they are using the taxpayers' money. I made a converter suggesting how better we could have used the money," said Nina Wemgel,Danish Artist.
“The inspiration behind the theme was farm murders in SA. I had difficulty in terms of how I would do the visual aspect, so I took Van Gogh’s potato eaters. It’s the same formula, it’s the same household, just more modern,” said Freek, South African Artist.