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CYPRIAN SHILAKOE (article first published : 2005-03-4)

One good thing has emerged from the wreckage of the plans for the Trevor Makhoba Memorial exhibition which should have currently been on show in Durban before coming to Pietermaritzburg and then setting off on a national tour. MTN, who were one of the sponsors of the Makhoba exhibition, have not asked for their money back and instead will use it to fund another exhibition.

The cellphone operators have agreed that Jill Addleson of the Durban Art Gallery, who was the curator of the cancelled Makhoba exhibition, should now start work on an exhibition of the work of Cyprian Shilakoe, one of "greats" who studied at the Art and Craft Centre at Rorke's Drift in its glory days in the late 1960s. The exhibition will open in Durban in the first quarter of next year.

When Shilakoe left Rorke's Drift in 1969, he went to St Ansgar's Mission in Roodepoort and set up his own studio. Otto Lundbohn of Rorke's Drift had helped him to acquire a press and Shilakoe began to create etchings, leading to his first solo exhibition at the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in 1970. In 1972 he won the first prize for printmaking at an exhibition of African arts held at the University of California in Los Angeles. Tragically, in the same year, at the age of only 26, Shilakoe was killed in a car accident. He seems to have had a premonition of his death, and two weeks before the accident he went to all his close friends to say goodbye.

As well as being a printmaker, Shilakoe was a sculptor, his work in both fields reflecting the realities of township life, particularly the pain of separation and the loneliness of displaced people.

Addleson has already ensured that, for the first time, the entire collection of Shilakoe's prints owned by the University of Zululand, the best collection held in South Africa, will be on show. Besides the prints, Addleson is hoping to be able to exhibit as many of Shilakoe's sculptures as she can find.

Anyone who owns one, and would be prepared to lend it for the Cyprian Shilakoe Revisited exhibition is asked to contact her at the Durban Art Gallery on 031 332 7286 or email Jilla@crsu.durban.gov.za Margaret von Klemperer




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