“Broken monsters”

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"Sometimes I dream with my eyes open" a detail of my work for the Broken monsters exhibition. photo Jacki Lang

“Sometimes I dream with my eyes open” a detail of my work for the Broken monsters exhibition. photo creditJacki Lang

Here follows the press release:

Broken Monsters Charity Art Show

Dear Friends

Lauren Beukes and I are thrilled to announce that we are doing it again with her latest book, Broken Monsters: an art exhibition with incredible local artists donating new and original artworks on her book pages to raise money for charity.

In 2013 for her book, The Shining Girls, we raised R100 000 for Rape Crisis and this time around, for Broken Monsters, the charity is a kids’ literacy initiative called Book Dash – an incredible organization that gathers volunteer writers and illustrators to team up on a Book Dash day and write an amazing new kids book together in one day that anyone can freely translate and distribute. Printing is then made possible by donations and sponsorship and the books are given out to underprivileged children across the country. (http://bookdash.org/)

We are also excited to announce that we have secured funding from Nandos who have come on board as a partner to make this all happen and to ensure that 100% of proceeds from the artwork sales will go to producing Book Dash books.

Each artwork will sell for R1500. It costs R10 to print a Book Dash book, so each page from the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show with its new artwork on it, will buy 150 books! A beautiful cycle where books becomes artworks, and then become books again.

This year, our amazing and generous South African artists – approximately 130 of them – have produced enough work (more than double our show in 2013) to have unique selling exhibitions in both Cape Town and Johannesburg.

The dates are as follows:

Cape Town:

12 November 5.30 for 6pm / corner of Harrington and Barrack Streets


26 November 5.30 for 6pm / 10A Victoria Road, Lorentzville

For further info, please find us at:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrokenMonstersArt/

Twitter: @laurenbeukes @jackicurates

Instagram: jackicurates



We look very forward to seeing you there

Jacki Lang

Curator / Broken Monsters Charity Art Show / Tel: +27 (0) 82 08 444 22


November/December update

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Mega Mash-up invitation

Mega Mash-up invitation

A lot has been happening and is in the process of happening.  I am delighted to invite you to two group shows in which I am participating.  See invite above; and then this one:

ZOO invitation

ZOO invitation

So in December I will find myself in some good company approximately 1400 Km’s apart! If you are in Cape Town or Johannesburg area, please pop in!

Apart from this I am also preparing for my solo show

work in progress

work in progress

at next year’s KKNK (Klein Karoo National Arts Festival) but more about this at a later stage!

Otherwise I’ve been reading Zoo City by Lauren Beukes, which was very appropriate in lieu to the Zoo exhibition.  I can highly recommend this book for your reading pleasure.

Currently I am reading The Sistine Secrets.  I am only on page 49 but  it is captivating to say the least!  The Vatican is a very strange place. In contrast to this I am listening to the music of Erik Satie. Why I say contrast is because apparently he started his own church of which he was the sole member, compared to the Vatican!

I am also listening to Diamanda Galas again, and in the cd cover I read that

 “On December 10, 1989 Diamanda Galas was arrested with ACT UP at St. Patrick’s Cathedral for disorderly conduct, disrupting a religious service, resisting arrest, and criminal trespass.  On October 12-13, 1990 she performed the Plague Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the second largest cathedral in the world……”

Animals, The Church and Superheroes -truely a Mash-up-  is what I should have titled this blog, but anyway

I am browsing through my husbands marvel comic books since a dear friend’s 40th birthday is around the corner and he requested a superhero on rubber!

batman on rubber

batman on rubber

Back to work and I’ll leave you with this beautiful quote:

“Artistic Geniuses often produced their greatest works when they incorporated concealed meanings in their masterpieces.”


Art portfolio- my work

In about 15 minutes Lauren Beukes and Jacki Lang will do an informal walk-about at the Shining girls for Rape Crisis art exhibition and everyone is invited.

The show was a huge success and R100K was raised for Rape Crisis.  It was an honour to be part of this good cause.

So hopefully we will see you there today:

at 10am. 62 Roeland street, 4th floor, above Vida coffee

The work I did for this exhibition.  photo by Alex Hamilton.

The work I did for this exhibition. photo by Alex Hamilton.

In good company for a good cause

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Author Lauren Beukes and curator Jacki Lang are putting together a charity art exhibition for the Open Book Festival in September, and I have been invited to participate!

 Who is Lauren Beukes?

 Lauren Beukes is an award-winning, best-selling South African author. Her novels include The Shining Girls, Zoo City and Moxyland, but she’s also written comics, kids animated TV shows and journalism. Lauren has a history of doing charity art projects loosely themed around her novels and has previously raised money for ex-offender rehabilitation organization Khulisa and The Suitcase Project for refugee kids around Zoo Cityand for the women’s group the Montagu Sew & Sews around Moxyland.  She promotes South African talent internationally whenever she can, often through interesting collaborations, including the Zoo City and Moxyland soundtracks from African Dope.

 And Jacki Lang?

  Jacki Lang is an independent South African design curator. She recently moved back From London after working as a curator, gallery manager, design writer and consultant forEight years. Her previous group art shows for charity in London include Napkin, which raisedMoney for The Peninsula School Feeding Association & Concern Worldwide.

 The Cause?

Rape Crisis is an incredible organization with a long history and a daunting mission.  They need all the support, funding and awareness we can help them with in order to improve their impact in our urban communities to combat violence against women and support rape survivors.  If the femicide, rape and child abuse rates in this country make you angry, you can make a difference.

 They sent me a couple of pages ripped from Lauren Beukes’s new book: The shining girls, and I was free to interpret these pages or only one page as I wish.  I have decided to use page 136.

Unfortunately I haven’t read “The Shining Girls” as we speak, but it’s definitely on my reading list.  I have read Lauren’s book: Maverick: Extraordinary Women from South Africa’s Past. This was beautifully written and very insightful.

 Here is a small section of the work I did for this exhibition.

A section of the piece I did for The Shining Girls for Rape Crisis Art Exhibition.

A section of the piece I did for The Shining Girls for Rape Crisis Art Exhibition.

 And since Lauren stated on her website that they are only showing snippets of the work on view, I decided that I will  post the full picture on the 6th when the exhibition opens.

 To see snippets of the other work and some names of the other artists participating in this event visit Lauren Beukes’s blog at here.

 Or just pop in for a visit to view it all on the 6th of September:

  • Opening night: Friday 6 September 2013
  • Time: 5.30pm
  • Venue: Cape Town School of Photography, 4th Floor, 62 Roeland Street, Cape Town (above Vida, opposite The Book Lounge) 
  • Exhibition runs until 13 September, open 9am-5pm daily. 
(p.s: the info about Rape Crisis and Laurens as well as Jacki’s bios are not written by me. Info via the invitation to participate)