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NKOSINATHI GUMEDE (article first published : 2005-06-12)

An exhibition of oil paintings by Nkosinathi Gumede will be opened by Fiona Kirkwood at The African Art Centre at 17h30 on June 22.

Nkosinathi Gumede is an exciting young artist. This is his first solo exhibition of oil paintings which explore the theme of 'black on black' discrimination and the tensions between the Xhosa and Zulu speaking communities over the succession of the South African President Thabo Mbeki. Gumede uses mundane objects i.e. the razor blade, 'takkies', ladder and aeroplane as symbols of aspiration and optimism.

Nkosinathi is the NSA Gallery’s as the Gallery Assistant Curator, a position he has held since March 1999. He is completing studies in art and culture management. Since 1989 he has been practicing art as a self-taught artist and over the years has undergone "informal" training in various institutions such as the Community Art Workshop from 1988 to 1989 and the African Art Centre in 1996 and 1997.

He later decided to acquire "formal" training through the Durban Institute of Technology where he completed his studies. The time spent at the NSA Gallery over the years has exposed him to national and international artists, and has given him a "general" understanding of conceptual art, this experience has over the years has influenced his work.

Group Exhibitions include Bathini abantu, an exhibition reflecting on the last ten years of democracy in South Africa at the African Art Centre 2000; the Sanlam Art of Investment Award at the Evrard Read Gallery in Johannesburg in 2000; Aids Ribbon (International Aids Conference 2000) for the Durban Art Gallery around the City Hall in 2000; and Yivume Wethu at the NSA Gallery in 2000.

In 1996, he appeared in three group exhibitions - Abaqhamuki and KwaZulu-Natal woodcarvers exhibition, both at the African Art Centre, and the JPS Art Exhibition at the BAT Centre.

The exhibition closes on July 9. Further information from Yvette on 031 304 7915 or email Yvette@afri-art.co.za




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