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IZINZINSOMI/STORY TELLING (article first published : 2005-07-8)

A solo exhibition by Innocent Hlela will run from July 8 to 27 in the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery.

This exhibition showcases a unique and vibrant form of art. All the installation pieces are composed of paper machè and are environmentally friendly and fully recycled. The artist’s intention is to bring back storytelling as seen through the eyes of a child. The pieces are large, bold and colourful and evoke a time of simplicity and child like pleasures.

Innocent Hlela was born on February 7,1971, in Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal. Specialising in sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing and ceramics, he began making cars and people out of wire salvaged from wooden tomato crates at the age of 11. He attended the Dumehlezi High School in KwaMashu and has completed a three-month electrician course at Ntuzuma Technical College.

His art education includes Velobala classes at the Technikon Natal (now the Durban Institute of Technology), which he attended from 1995 to 2001. His courses include painting, drawing, printmaking, collagraph, monoprint, colour reduction printmaking, ceramics and woodcarving. He won the Wire Shoe Competition hosted by the NSA Gallery in 2000 and he has exhibited at the African Art Centre (1995 to 1998), the BAT Centre (1997), the Durban Art Gallery (2003) and the NSA Gallery (2003). Innocent is a finalist in the Nivea Art Competition.

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