What! you have not heard! that does not surprise Panga Management.
Panga Management finds it fuck- off frustrating having to do this research the hard way. Why oh why, can’t the Minster of arts and culture ( that would be you Mr Paul Mashatile) just send out a press release? The hard way entails, PM having to read the bureaucratic/ governmental/ strategic planning reports. PM has to hunt these down online like a refugee searching for a sandwich on Long St. PM would much prefer the direct approach which would go a bit like this…. … “Mr Minister of arts and culture, is South Africa participating in the VB in 2013?” Then when Mr Minster suggests that he will apply his mind to the outcomes required in line with the governmental…..blah- blah- bubble- gum. PM would give him a sobering flick on the forehead and demand a yes, or a no answer.
Anyway the hard way does work, and the answer to the question Panga People is yes, as confirmed on page 40 of the 2011-2016 strategic report found here. South Africa will be participating on the 55th and 56th Venice Arts Biennale.
While Mr Blackman valiantly tries to find answers regarding the kuk-up that was the VB 2011. Click here . PM wants to know what is happening in 2013. The strategic report says that 2012 will be used for “assessment and preparation” for the Venice Arts Biennale that will take place in 2013. This falls under the “measurable objectives for 2011-2016: sub programme: International cooperation: Special agreements and Pols.” (What does Pols stand for? well your guess is as good as PM’s, maybe it stands for Principle of Least Surprise)
PM hopes this “assessment and preparation” means that in January 2012, a transparent open call will go out for curatorial proposals, and a board of established, visual arts experts, with experience in international exhibitions, will sit to review these proposals. PM hopes this means that by March 2012, confirmation of the selected curatorial proposal will be announced, and the curator/project managers and artists involved will have the rest of the year to prepare.
PM really hopes it does not follow the same route of the Cop 17 “visual arts programmes” that were committed to, budgeted for, and that is as far as it went…until suddenly two weeks before the opening of Cop 17, when people were quickly hired to make these projects happen. Yes Mr Minister, PM is watching you, and yes Mr Minster, PM thinks you have a nice smile, but that is not going to save your face if the VB gets screwed up again through mismanagement and cronyism.
Panga Management does not, for one second, doubt that every ambitious slim ball, mediocre mind and strategic gallerist will not try to jump onto the VB 2013 band wagon, (PM is watching you too by the way), but PM hopes Mr Minster, you will see them coming this time, and have set up transparent systems to insure the best exhibition South Africa could produce, goes to the Venice Biennale 2013 and 2015.