DON'T / PANIC
"DON’T/PANIC" is the title of an exhibition, opening at the Durban Art Gallery during the COP17 climate change summit. The exhibition, curated by Gabi Ngcobo, seeks to raise questions, offer new perspectives, rather than present pre-fabricated answers. It will contribute to the public debate and be a platform in a city which is in the focus of the world’s attention for two weeks in November/ December 2011.
The exhibition presents powerful artistic voices from across the African continent. Many of these voices are critical, sometimes in an overt, sometimes in a subtle way, sometimes humorous, sometimes standing as an indictment. Some of the works may raise awareness and some may simply be poetic statements.
The Goethe-Institute and the Heinrich Böll Foundation have partnered to commission "DON’T/PANIC" as a contribution to the summit by adding a unique African artistic perspective to the discussion.
Gabi Ngcobo concludes "DON’T/PANIC is not a platform to provide answers but rather one in which a series of questions, speculations, proposals and processes are assembled to create a space to sharpen reflection and encourage resistance."The exhibition runs from 23.11.2011 to 19.02.2012 at the Durban Art Gallery, 2nd Floor, City Hall, Smith Street, Durban.