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AFRICAN PEOPLE (article first published : 2005-10-15)

An exhibition of paintings by Delani Ndlovu titled African People is currently on view at the Menzi Mcunu Gallery at the BAT Centre.

Delani was born in Durban and is currently based in Efolweni in Umlazi South. His interest in visual arts began during high school and he attended the BAT Centre's Artists in Action Residency Programme in 2003. He finds his inspiration from artists such as Lalelani Mbele and Amarildo Alberto, both of whom have been associated with the BAT Centre.

African People is Delani's first solo exhibition which he says would not have been possible without his mother's support. This exhibition focuses on the reality of the artist's life and his experiences within the township of Umlazi. Issues that feature are unemployment, the abuse of the natural resources, technology and the fate of children today. He is deeply concerned about levels of abuse against children. “We as African people, need to look after our children as they are tomorrow's leaders," he says.

Delani’s paintings are evocative and colourful and he has portrayed his culture in a manner which is poignant and heartfelt.

The exhibition runs until October 18. More information from Njabulo Mtshali on 03 332 0451.




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