A FIERCE UNCOMPROMISING MANIFESTO
We refuse to be controlled.
We do everything in our power to disrupt the status quo.
We fuck around with people’s perceptions, and with power structures.
Artist collectives leverage the standard and impact of art.
We share, create, collaborate, address and experiment in an open-minded, freethinking space.
We feed off (rather than feel threatened by) each other’s diverse experience, skills and knowledge.
Our alliance is made up of artists from diverse art disciplines, resulting in high quality, challenging collaborative work that takes no prisoners.
We respect and value the process of creating.
Our work poses questions, provokes thought and changes the way audiences think about pertinent, current social issues.
PASS IT ON
We experiment with alternative models of education.
We experiment with and promote the use of alternative currencies.
Our collective currently spans six different countries around the world.
grrr Kollective Members: Serge Basila Esi-Esimbi, Jessica Doucha, Amber-Jade Geldenhuys, Gina Kraft, Claire Rousell, MC Roodt.
Exhibition Period 21 July -21 August 2016 – Johannesburg Public Library – Third Floor
An exhibition that weaves together folklore, folktales, myths, oral storytelling traditions and fairytales invoking the sometimes-forgotten enchantment of losing oneself in books. Stories are integral to delving deeply into who we are as individuals and as part of a culture. They help us to understand our wounds but also remind us of our potential to become the heroes of our own stories. Folkstories enable us to tap into archetypes that connect us to other humans all over the world and deep into our collective history, from where we can draw strength and guidance in a world that can seem overwhelming and hurried.
The opening included a group performance by workshopped and performed by Rosemary Candelario (USA), Claire Rousell (JHB), Serge Basila (DRC), Gina Kraft (JHB), Linzi Lewis (JHB), Jessica Doucha (JHB) and Milton Milaras (JHB).
Stills by Mark Haines and Tim Slab
OPPI KOPPI 2016. MAIN STAGE
gRRR Kollective was invited by Bye Beneco to appear on stage as their exclusive backup performance act. We set out to take the audience on a performative journey of visual poetry on the brink of a vivid undercurrent. These fantastical, mythological creatures from the depths of our crevassed imaginations combined, were melodically infused with the psychedelic soundscape of Bye Beneco to infiltrate and transcend the minds of the crowds. Grrr Performers: Gina Kraft and Jessica Doucha.
PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEX MIKAIL BERNATZKY
PHOTOGRAPHERS: DRAWN TO LIGHT
SAVE THE UNICORNS. 2016. Oppi Koppi.
Unicorns exist in the collective imagination of those who choose to play in the realms of non conformity, non binaries and fluid self expression. The stand for a safe liminal space where an ordinary encounter with one of these creatures can transmorgify ones perceptions about ones reality, boundries and belief systems. They ask for nothing more than a wide open receptive mind, unmediated by judgements and objectification.
Photographer: gavin arnold goodman
VENUS IN FURS. BASSLINE JOHANNESBURG. 2016.
Not only were we surrounded and inspired by a pack of kick ass female front musicians, Venus In Furs was a wild and playful opportunity for GRRR Kollective to take risks.
Being a Unicorn allows one the freedom to explore one’s creative and metaphorical outlets, giving one a platform to express a dialogue around gender and sexuality, in a very abstract yet empowering manner. Its not everyday one gets to be a real life unicorn.
“Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn. Then always be a unicorn.” Anonymous Unicorn.
Grrr Performers: Serge Basila Esi-Esimbi, Jessica Doucha, Gina Kraft, Claire Rousell, MC Roodt, Tim Slabolepszy
PHOTOGRAPHERS: RENEILWE MATHIBE AND ALEX MIKAIL BERNATZKY
BEHIND THE SCENES PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEX MIKAIL BERNATZKY