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HOT IN THE CITY (article first published : 2005-05-15)

In collaboration with Absa, the French community (French Embassy, French Institute and the Alliance Française) introduced the Gerard Sekoto Award for the most-promising artist in 2004. The award comprised a return ticket to Paris, three months’ stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts, a national touring exhibition, French language classes, and a catalogue of the exhibition. This award was won by artist Belinda Zangewa aka Billie.

The Alliance Française Gallery is currently hosting this touring which explores the city as a setting for stories, with the action taking place in its streets and building interiors. The cityscapes introduce the story about to be told, as well as telling their own stories by appearance alone. We are then taken into the dramatic situations told from the artist’s perspective, relaying events from her life.

She explores her personal relationships in episodes that are intimate, like pages from her diary - sharing lovers’ dialogue; the moment when a relationship falls apart; and fantasy. As with Faith, Love and Hope, she has worked on a raw silk "canvas" forming images and words in silk collage, embroidery and beading to create these tapestries. The combined use of illustration and text communicate with the viewer on visual, conceptual and emotional levels, with things left unsaid to allow the viewer to participate in the story-telling.

More information from the Alliance Française on 031 312 9582 or e-mail: durban@alliance.org.za




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