Dompas – A comic book collaboration with Robbie Millan and Zackie Achmat

April 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

Roberto Millan, MPhil student in Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University and participating artist in Co/Mix 2011, shows his sketches of a collaboration project with Zackie Achmat. Roberto has been exploring illustration and comic art as a tool for human rights and political awareness. His final work will be shown at Co/Mix 2011 at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival!

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Dompas tells the love story of Mr and Mrs Komani, how they met and their battle to stay together in 1950s Apartheid South Africa. The comic takes the form of a passbook, the very object that prevented the Komanis from being together. The comic forms a translation of a chapter in the documentary film Law and Freedom by stalwart human rights activist Zackie Achmat and deals with how the infamous ‘Dompas’ (‘reference book’) system came to be abolished. The Dompas required all black people in the country at the time to carry a document that dictated where they could work while restricting them to certain parts of the country. This comic represents a collaboration and series of conversations between Achmat and myself while working on the comic version of the film, as well as the translated comic itself. The comic will be handbound, accompanied by a series of removable documents, a few of which include photographs, letters and other illustrations.

For more info, chech the official Co/Mix 2011 blog!

Comic Artists on Co/Mix 2011

March 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

26 South African and 4 international artists..

The final list of comic artists that will exhibit and participate in Co/Mix 2011 is out!!

Anton Kannemeyer, Colleen Brand, Elaine Woodbridge, Jason Bronkhorst, Jeff Rankin, Jesca Marisa, Jesse Breytenbach, Joanne Bloch, Joe Daly, Kelly Gough, Masha Du Toit, Mogorosi Motshumi, ND Mazin, Pete Woo, Rayaan Cassiem, Rico, Roberto Millan, Stephanie van Vuuren, Su Opperman, the Trantraal Brothers, Wesley van Eden, Willem Samuel and Zapiro, and international artists Jacques de Loustal (France), Ephameron (Belgium), Erik Kriek (Netherlands) and JP Kalonji (Switzerland).

Check de blog to see sketches and follow the progress of these artists.

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