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IDENTIKIT (article first published : 2004-11-2)

The NSA is currently hosting the second instalment in the NSA Young Artists’ Project 2004 with an installation and performances by Mlu Zondi.

Mlu Zondi will present a series of public interventions in the city of Durban, leading up to an installation and regular in-situ performances during the exhibition in the NSA Multimedia Room. Documentation from his street performances will form the basis of the installation, and the public process will inform the final performances in the gallery environment. Zondi will use a traditional game, “Mlabalaba” as a structural and metaphorical reference in these interventions.

Mlu Zondi is a prominent young performer and choreographer, living and working in Durban. He was born in 1975 in Clermont, Durban, and graduated from the Natal Technikon in 2000 with a Diploma in Drama and Performance Studies. In 2001 he started creating experimental work and developed his interest in installation performances. He has participated in numerous performance collaborations and projects including the Durban Art Gallery’s Redeye Art project and the recent site-specific performances Republic. He has also presented work for the Lausanne Dance Festival after a two-month residency in Switzerland during 2002.

The artist focuses on conceptualising and identifying visual images, choosing to identify the parts to form a picture and then identifying with it. “Seeing the structure that is identical to the images you can identify,” he explains. “Questioning your identity since you can’t see yourself. The wall between what is inside yourself and what can be seen. The true identity. Identifying between body and soul.”

The Young Artists Project (YAP) is an ongoing initiative to showcase new work through four exhibitions, a publication and a public seminar annually. It operates with funding from the National Arts Council, ProHelvetia and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

The exhibition runs until November 14. More details from curator Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202 3686, fax 031 202 3744 or 083 287 6856 or e-mail: curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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