Audio-visual interviews/features

Audio-visual interviews and featuresOral history interviews with Simba Pemhenayi, Sophie Peters and Thembinkosi Goniwe, May 1997 Part 1 and 2

Interviews with Simba Pemhenayi, Sophie Peters and Thembinkosi Goniwe. Pemhenayi was performing arts educator at the Community Arts Project (1994-1998). Peters was a visual arts student (full-time) and child arts educator (part-time) at the Community Arts Project (circa 1987-1997). Goniwe was a part-time visual arts student and educator at the Community Arts Project (late 1980s-circa 1997). The interviews were conducted by Robyn Denny and commissioned by Mario Pissarra for Community Arts Project ‘Histories of CAP’ project.

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Access part 2 here (ends at 2:50)

South african artistsWhat’s next? Episode 3: Sophie Peters 
by Pierre Tremblay

Sophie Peters feature by African Art Group

Interviews / features in print

Jobo, Thabo (2014) Charity Concert In Aid of the Needy. Eldorado-Times September, p. 11
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Van Jaarsveld, Deur Dalena (2009) Sophie Die Heldersiende Kunstenaar. Kuier 25 November 2009, pp. 16-17
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Koloane, David (2008) The Greatmore Studios celebrate 10 years. SA Art Times 3:11, p. 15
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Kariem, Durelle & Adams, Sheena (2008) Spiritual Sanctity. Destiny August 2008, pp. 131-132
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Velaphi, Sipho & Linda Nkosi Ngwenya (2007) Beyond Borders. Voyage Ensemble, Rootz, pp. 70-71
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Bao, Peng Li (2006) I paint ‘from the heart’. TygerBurger 23 March 2006
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Carew, Douglas (2004) This Sea Point Hotel is a Collector’s Item. Weekend Argus 31 January 2004
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Van Bosch, Cobus (2000) Kunstenaars Kyk Na Die Landskap as Politieke Terrein. Beeld, Kuns en Vermaak 28 August 2000
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Pollak, Lloyd (1999) Truth, reconciliation in art. Cape Times Arts & Lifestyle. 28 September 1999
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no author (1997) Sophie Peters. Fair Lady 22 January 1997, p. 53
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Rothbart, Tamara (1997) Sophie Peters “Breek of baas”, Marie Claire June 1997, p. 32
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Blerk, Gareth van (1995) Life’s experiences as Art, n.p.
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Eastern Reporter (1995) Resolute Sophie fulfils her dream. The Argus, Wednesday 14 June 1995, p. 16
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no author (1995) Sophie Peters: A Cry From the Heart, Belville Arts Association
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Neill, Shannon (1994) Sophie’s choice. South Side – Life and art, 1-5 April 1994
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Northern Reporter (1994) Sophie ‘Made A Deal With God’ To Become An Artist. The Argus June 1994
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van der Merwe, Lydia and Ina Duvenage (1994) Die Drie Vrou Kan n Kwas Swaai. Sarie 30 March 1994, pp. 34 – 35.
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An interview with David Koloane, Helen Sibidi, Bhekisani Manyoni, Maggie Makhoana, Sophie Peters, Tshidi Sefako. In: Oliphant, Andries Walter (ed.) (1993) Culture and Empowerment: Debates, Workshops, Art and Photography from the Zabalaza Festival. Johannesburg: COSAW
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Adams, Shireen (1993) Sophie skets ‘wat sy voel’. Metro-Burger, November 1993
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no author (1993) Group Show. Sophie Peters.  Femina
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INTERVIEWS/FEATURES: Lallitha Jawahirilal

Vuyile C Voyiya; Julie L McGee (2003) The luggage is still labeled : blackness in South African art. Documentary film, 60 mins.

Smithonian Libraries Modern African Art: A Basic Reading List
“For South African artists of color the demise of apartheid did not radically change access or attitudes. Separateness and difference still divide the contemporary art world into black and white. Black artists are beginning to take on some of these issues – – access, recognition, education. Despite initiatives such as Vakalisa (“Awake”), the Community Arts Project, or BLAC art project, South African artists of color are still disadvantaged. Formal art education, which was not available to artists of color in the apartheid days, remains an elitist enterprise with little collegial support. Michaelis School of Art in Cape Town has not yet shaken off its institutional racism in terms of student intake, faculty recruitment, or Eurocentric curriculum. Art criticism is similarly biased against artists of color. Old paradigms persist, e.g., “township art” or “black art.” Artists are still pigeon-holed. Freedom of artistic expression has not really arrived. Where are the black art critics? The South African National Gallery (SANG), formidable, unwelcoming, admits to huge gaps in its collections. Artists of color perceive SANG as another white bastion not yet breached. They feel that SANG is not interested in them and their work. To explore these issues of race and access the filmmakers conducted interviews with several South African artists and players on the art scene. Among those on camera are Peter E. Clarke, Garth Erasmus, Thembinkosi Goniwe, Zayd Minty, Gavin Younge, David Koloane, Mgcineni Sobopha, Berni Searle, Lallitha Jawahirilal, Gabisile Ngcobo, Moshekwa Langa, Graham Faulken, Marilyn Martin, the director of SANG, and writer Lionel Davis.”

Press clippings Lallitha Jawahirilal


Passchier, Shmerah (2021) The Portfolio: Virtual-reality filmmaker Shelley Barry. Mail & Guardian 2 April 2021. Available online here [download pdf here]

Shelley Barry at Latitudes Art Fair 2020:
Whole – A Trinity of Being (2014)
Retrato/Portrait (2005)
Re:incarnation (2018)
As part of the group exhibition EMBODYING HIR-SELF, curated by Beathur Mgoza Baker.

Motsa, Sihle (2020) ‘Scars Should also be Crowned’: reflecting on Shelley Barry’s cinematic oeuvre. Africa South Art Initiative(ASAI). Available online here [dowload pdf here]

Staff Writer (2018) Paralysed by gangs. Fighting back with film. Beautiful News
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Staff Writer (2018) How Barry’s disability never stopped her from making wonderful films. TimesLive, 28 March 2018. Available online here [download pdf here]

O’Reilly, Athina (2018) Film industry honour for ex-PE women. The Herald, 27 March 2018. Available online here [download pdf here]

Staff Writer (2015) Cape Town’s fearless females. A look at six trailblazing Mother City ladies. Cape Town Magazine
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Staff Writer (2015) Feminist Filmmaker Meets Boss Bitch Rapper. The Journalist, 16 June 2015. Available online here [download pdf here]

Staff Writer (2015) Reader Profile – Scars, the body, survival…love for life. Rolling Inspiration. [download pdf here]

I am Woman. Shelley Barry. Season 2, Episode 17 (aired 28 July 2013)
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Against All Odds. Award winning film-maker Shelly Barry reaches remarkable heights. ENCA 21 August 2013.
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Great Texts: Shelley Barry. GIPCA Projects 2010 (Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, now ICA) at UCT, 14 October 2010.

Filmmaker Shelley Barry will speak about her experiences and experiments in making films from a wheelchair and screen extracts of several short films in different genres reflecting on her process of creativity and production: Extracts will include, among others, a trilogy – Whole-A Trinity of Being, a documentary recounting survival of one of South Africa’s lesser-known wars, namely the ‘taxi wars’; Inclinations – a writer struggles to write erotica and deal with her personal life; Where are my heels? – a tribute to the spirit of a young girl child and Str/oll – a wheelchair user navigates the streets of Manhattan.
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Kgaboesele, Kitso (2006) Triumph. Shelley Barry – Trauma: Paralysed in a taxi shooting. Passion: Making real-life movies. Femina Issues 2517-2520.

You know that saying ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?’ Look at what these three women made from their traumatic experiences