the space
first moment ©DT

The project is focused on symbolical functions of spaces in and around Soweto and the preconceived idea about social behavior as informed by vandalism. The conceived idea of this project-space as a working process negotiates a better understanding about space configuration, order, structure, transformation and the role spaces play in our social construct. As well as the importance of visual arts and its contribution in society, especially in Soweto.

concept by Daria Tchapanova, text in collaboration with Thusa Moruthane

Diepkloof Soweto, South Africa

Intervention since 2012
context: art & education

1. – 30. september 2012
material: Recycling

opening 1st september 2012

About Funda Community College (funda = to read)
Funda Community College, formally known as „African Institute of Art“, was built 1984 and came out from this revolt. It is a Non-Governmental Organization and was built by 18 community based organizations as a direct response to the revolt in 1976. The idea was to create an institution which provides alternative education for the socially disadvantage population of Soweto and other townships around South Africa. (…) Funda became a place were the education and cultural activists of Soweto were based. It was the place where the first teachers union of the country was launched as well as the first branch of the Democratic Party. It was a place where the Panafrican Congress had memorial lectures undertaken in the big lecture hall and in fact the art center was an ANC (African National Congress) underground base with a front in social documentation and film.
Prof. Motsumi Makhene (Head of Board, Fine Arts Department F.C.C.)

Daria Tchapanova 4
work_space 2012©DT

The work was set up over a priod of six month, a collaboration between 10 artists, occuping the space and working in the context of vandalism. Diepkloof, Soweto 2012.

work in progress


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part of a gift

Reinstallation of vandalism in the context of friedrichstadtZentral.

Dresden (DE)

Sichtbetonung 8 – 20./ 21. April 2013

3 Monitore
weisser Faden
ausgetrocknete Palme

im Kohlenkeller des Hauses; Friedrichstrasse 52; Dresden