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TREVOR MAKHOBA MEMORIAL EXHIBITION (article first published : 2004-08-16)

Works are being collected for the Trevor Makhoba Memorial Exhibition to take place in December at the Durban Art Gallery.

Two major paintings are on loan from Cape Town owners. The first is Azibuye Emasisweni which won the 1991 Natal Arts Trust Biennale 4 exhibition, an event which first rocketed Trevor Makhoba into recognition as a notable KZN artist. It is on loan from the South African National Gallery.

Politically Mahoba supported black enfranchisement in South Africa, a theme he explored in his art. Azilbuye Emasisweni is an allegorical painting: The land in South Africa is represented by herded stock which is now being returned to its rightful owners - the earlier peoples in South Africa.

“Trevor Makhoba held very strong views about AIDS,” says the memorial exhibition’s curator, Jill Addleson. “He viewed it as one of the tragic scourges of contemporary life. Through his paintings on this subject he made horrifying predictions about the effects of AIDS. Neviropene Effects, on loan from the Cape Town collector, Bruce Campbell Smith, shows the children of AIDS victims carrying their parents' coffins to the cemetery. This sad duty is normally carried out by adults. But AIDS is not a 'normal' disease and the painter depicts orphans still young enough to be wearing nappies taking over this task from the adults who have died of AIDS”.

The Trevor Makhoba Memorial Exhibition opens on December 1 2004 at the Durban Art Gallery. After it closes on February 27, 2005, it starts a national tour to virtually every major art museum in South Africa.




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