South African photographer Cedric Nunn is best known for his photography depicting the country before and after the end of apartheid. Fourth-generation hybridised, born and raised in Mangethe, KwaZulu-Natal, Nunn began taking photographs in the early 1980s. He was a member of the Johannesburg based photographic association and agency Afrapix which played a seminal role in the development of socially informed documentary photography in South Africa.
At Bildmuseet’s anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?, Cedric Nunn will answer the question posed by foregrounding the context within which his praxis as a politically active artist is located, including the regional and global zeitgeist within which he functions.
Cedric Nunn was one of the photographers presented in the exhibition Democracy’s Images: Photography and Visual Art after Apartheid which premiered at Bildmuseet in 1998. He has continued to work independently as a documentary photographer and artist, exhibiting his work in galleries and museums in South Africa and abroad.
Welcome by the director of Bildmuseet and host of the anniversary forum What Do We Need Art For?.
Artist Katarina Pirak Sikku gives a personal account of art’s significance for herself and people around her.
Professor Gavin Butt considers the history of "art-pop" music and the world-making capacities of art today.
Dramatist and writer Stina Oscarson talks about the importance of art in reminding us that we are human.
Artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah answers the posed question in conversation with director Katarina Pierre.
South African photographer Cedric Nunn talks about the context in which he is a politically active artist.
Curator Maria Lind on contemporary art as a form of understanding and tool for relating to existence.
Musicians Sofia Jannok and Dennis Lyxzén on what art and culture have meant in their lives.
Curator Tone Olaf Nielsen discusses artistic and curatorial responses to the refugee crisis.
Artist Jumana Emil Abboud performs a reading about walking in the Palestinian landscape.
Artist Mats Caldeborg reflects on the significance of art and the human ability for abstract thinking.
Professor and president Lars Strannegård on why art and culture become even more important in a digital world.
Artist Grada Kilomba gives her answer to the question posed in a conversation with director Katarina Pierre.
Curator and director Antonia Alampi addresses the multifaceted roles that art and cultural practices play.
As his contribution to the online forum, Naeem Mohaimen shows us the new film work Against Regret (23 min).