The Annex Residency Programme: Emilio Moreno

  • Posted: Aug 23, 2012

Art doesn’t happened in isolation. It seems obvious but it bears repeating. The Annex Residency Programme is therefore focused on forming unlikely connections between places, people and approaches through artistic practice. Working closely with Iziko Museum Education & Public Programming and Art Collections, as well as international funding bodies, the Annex Residency Programme invites young artists from both international and South African locales to Cape Town for a period of six weeks. During this time, resident guests may conduct a creative research with the programme’s curator, Clare Butcher, and a growing community of collaborators.

About Emilio Moreno, first artist in residence

The first resident artist of the programme is Emilio Moreno who is currently investigating different notions of value. His interest lies in tracing the biographies of objects and actions, and how, together with language, these elements journey through a range of value statuses. The overarching question compelling his research is that of how history/stories are constructed – asking what political imperatives and literary devices are at work within them.

In the artist’s own words:
“Living in an historical moment of change, in which the values that once supported the idea of the welfare state seem to be obsolete in Europe – when culture and citizenship are being reduced to market viability – it seems fundamental to research what I consider the 3 basic pillars supporting our construction of different notions of value. In my project Other Issues (2010-11) I focused on currency as a consequence of the relationships between people. And in The Order Book (Thin Air Road For Dorothy) (2012) I investigated language as mankind’s attempt to define the world in order to take a position. During my research period in South Africa I’d like to concentrate on the third aspect – the notion of History – approaching it from two perspectives: a) nature and its so-called wisdom (evolution) and b) the accumulation of experience, knowledge and beliefs: culture.”
While a contributing artist to the Annex Residency Programme (July-August, 2012), Moreno is conducting extensive research in close contact with palaeontologists, archaeologists, curators and staff from several museums of Natural History and universities in South Africa in order to situate his interests in this particular context. Besides studying natural history treasures (such as fossils and prehistoric utensils) he is also exploring the historical importance of mining in South Africa as a crossroad between nature, culture and economy. Apart from visiting local gold and diamond mines, he has been working at the Cradle of Humankind, as a site of geological and archaeological significance where more than a third of the oldest hominid fossils have been found.

Artist's biography:
Lately, the work of Emilio Moreno (Spain 1980) has been made public with the group show The Grand Domestic Revolution, (Casco, Office for Art, Design and Theory. Utrecht, NL), the second publication of The Autonomy Project (Van Abbe Museum / Onomatopee, NL), the lectures A Bewitched System (Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. Madrid, ESP) and the project 18 images / 18 stories (If I Can’t Dance I don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution + Bulegoa z/b. Amsterdam, NL). Emilio Moreno currently teaches at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, in Amsterdam, where he lives.

Emilio Moreno’s residency is being generously supported by (Embassy of Spain in South Africa).

Emilio Moreno, performance Precision Tools, 2012 in 18 pictures and 18 stories, Amsterdam, If I Can’t Dance and Bulegoa z/b.







Iziko Museums (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and 3 collection specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).

COMMEMORATIVE DAYS – FREE ENTRANCE (excluding Iziko Planetarium and Castle of Good Hope)

  • Human Rights Day: 21 March
  • Freedom Day: 27 April
  • International Museum Day: 25 May
  • Africa Day: 25 May
  • Youth Day: 16 June
  • National Women’s Day: 9 August
  • Heritage Week: 24 September
  • National Aids Awareness Day: 1 December
  • Emancipation Day: 1 December
  • Day of Reconciliation: 16 December


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