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RECONCILIATION (article first published : 2005-04-8)

The BAT Centre’s Menzi Mcunu Gallery is hosting an exhibition entitled Reconciliation.

It was opened as part of the official launch of the REAP Festival (REAP, stands for Reconciliation, Empowerment, and Prosperity). This festival was conceived as a celebration of South Africa’s decade of democracy, an extension of the ten-year celebration from 2004, but with the focus on what has gone before and what will be happening in the next decade.

The core concept is on the concept is on the “reaping of what has been sown and the planting of the new seeds”, with regards to the South African context and taking special cogniscence of the triumphs and challenges that have been faced by many people since 1994.

The exhibition focused on the theme Reconciliation, with the understanding that art is therapeutic. The medium of sculpture has always been associated with the therapeutic connotation as the production consumes a lot of time and thought so sculpture became the main focus of the exhibition.

“The exhibition also highlights the importance of sculpture which is a medium which seems to have been neglected of late in terms of exhibitions, most particularly in KwaZulu Natal,” says gallery curator, Nonto Ntombela. “The exhibition also evaluated its participants very carefully, as it features works by many of the established artists of KwaZulu-Natal.”

The participating artists are Langa Magwa; Zama Dunywa; Raksha Gobardan; Philemon Sangweni; Zamo Gumede; Sibusiso Maphumulo; Willis Nxumalo; Vusi Langa; Nkosinathi Ntshalintshali; Jabulani Mhlabini and Lindelani Ngwenya.

The exhibition runs until April 26. More details from curator Nonto Ntombela at the BAT Centre Trust on 031 332 0451, fax 031 332 2213, e-mail: info@batcentre.co.za or visit www.batcentre.co.za




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