The International Festival of Films on Art Online - 38th edition from March 17 to 29, 2020

Art in the Twenty-First Century: Johannesburg

United States | 2018 | 57 min
English, Xhosa, Zulu
Editing: Morgan Riles
Choreography: Motheo Moeng
Director: Ian Forster


Canadian Premiere
Presented in collaboration with the Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal

Since the abolition of apartheid in 1994, Johannesburg has been home to a blossoming art scene and has become the hub of creativity in sub-Saharan Africa. This documentary highlights four artists of different generations and ethnic communities: all of them – a photographer, a painter, a sculptor, and a performer – want to end cleavages and tell their stories. Their community-based, inclusive approach casts a new look at the history of the country of their birth and helps them imagine the future.


Ian Forster

Ian Forster is a New York City-based producer and director who specializes in artist documentaries. He's been at Art21 since 2009, first working on the Peabody Award-winning film "William Kentridge: Anything Is Possible" and subsequently four seasons of "Art in the Twenty-First Century." The forthcoming "Johannesburg" episode of "Art in the Twenty-First Century," which he directed and produced, will premiere nationwide on PBS in September 2018.

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