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UNVEILING THE OTHER ME (article first published : 2004-02-16)

An exhibition of prints by Gabisile Nkosi titled Unveiling the other me is to run in the Main Gallery of the NSA.

Gabisile Nkosi completed her Btech (Fine Art) at the Technikon Natal, Durban in 2001 after overcoming many challenges, both personal and financial, in the pursuit of her education. She has a strong sense of community responsibility and has done voluntary work for many art-related upliftment initiatives and HIV/AIDS organisations. She participates in community educational projects and has a particular interest in the therapeutic effects of art making. She has appeared on a number of exhibitions locally and internationally. In 2003 she exhibited in Atlanta, Georgia in the USA and also took part in an Artists’ Residency at McColl Center in Charlotte, USA.

She is currently the Studio and Programme Assistant at The Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers and co-ordinates art–related workshops as part of an Outreach partnership with, amongst others, Jabula Combined School, a local school in the Caversham area. The programme targets pupils, youth and adults from this disadvantaged community and focuses on examining notions of creativity through story telling, writing, image & book-making and performance – all programs have an HIV/AIDS awareness component.

Gabisile Nkosi will exhibit a suite of 20 screen and relief prints in addition to hand-made books, which explore the expressive potential of the medium. These were done at the Caversham Centre for Artists and Writers. In additional she will exhibit work completed during the recent three-month residency at the McColl Center for Visual Arts in the United States. Her work is represented in numerous collections, including work recently acquisitioned by Oprah Winfrey.

Gabisile states that the exhibition “is about sharing my inner-self with the outside world. The works are drawn from everyday details of my life and the unveiling occurs by the removal of the ‘masks’, which we all wear. These masks represent the different roles that I play as daughter, sister, mother, friend, teacher, an independent woman and an artist. My work examines the impact of African culture on my life as a South African woman and recognizes the important role that the Caversham Centre has played in my life”.

The exhibition opens on February 17 at 18h00 and runs until March 7 at 18h00. This exhibition was made possible by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.




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