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BEING HERE (article first published : 2005-07-10)

A group exhibition celebrating place and belonging titled Being Here will open on the same day as the KZNSA celebrations (see separate article). The exhibition is curated by Camilla Copley and Storm Janse van Rensburg with assistance from Dineo Bopape and can be seen in the Main Gallery.

Being Here invites reflections on lived experiences. “What does it mean to live and work at this point in time in this place? What is our current zeitgeist, for a province and place that in the past has been racked by political violence and unrest? What are the new identities that are starting to emerge as we live our democracy? What is our sense of place, and what is the spirit of this place that we call home?”

These are questions that have prompted recurring themes in contemporary work of the past ten years. However, artists have reflected on and imaged Durban for many years, particularly in early colonial times. But what has replaced those colonial images of the past as the current and correct portrait of our city and our province? And how are these new visions filtered by a current political and social context that requires image makers (and artists) to comply to new ideological demands?

The exhibition will include a reproduction of Durban Bay from Claremont, a famous painting by Cathcart William Methven (1849-1925), one of the founder members of the organisation, as a starting point. The work will also be exhibited alongside other works within the show as an extreme reference point to our colonial legacy.

The exhibition will consist of newly commissioned and existing works from artists currently living in KwaZulu Natal. Works will be in all media and will take into account a variety of readings on the theme. These will include contemporary landscapes and depictions of physical landscapes, reflections on current social issues (the prevalence of HIV/AIDS or poverty for example), issues pertaining to the politicisation of land, historical and legacy references in contemporary art, personal narratives pertaining to lived experience and musings on expressions of new identities.

Artists participating are Chris & Marlene de Beer, Bronwen Vaughn-Evans, Angela Buckland, Welcome Danca, Sibusiso Duma, Lindelani Ngwenya, Mondli Mdanda, Mduduzi Xakaza, Temba Shibase, Ingrid Winterbach, Gabisile Nkosi, Isabella Quattrochi, Siphiwe Zulu, Doung Anwar Jahangeer, Sicelo Ziqubu, Zama Dunywa, Vaughn Sadie, Dean Henning & Rike Sitas, Devan Baumeister and Carin Nolan.

The Exhibition is sponsored by the National Arts Council.

More information from Trevor Moore or Storm Janse van Rensburg on 031 202 3686, fax 031 201 8051, e-mail: admin@nsagallery.co.za or curator@nsagallery.co.za or visit www.nsagallery.co.za




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