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SOUL - OUT (article first published : 2000-02-4)

An exhibition of prints, poetry, paintings and an installation by Iliyas Makuyi a fourth year student from the Natal Technikon is running in the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery until February 10. The exhibition forms part of the final year exams for Technikon Natal students.

Iliyas regards his work as a “highly emotional and personalised body of work for himself”, maintaining that it is an attempt to come to terms with his “own crisis of identity in terms of my own art making here in South Africa as a black Muslim emigrate South African male.”

The works deal with the idea of restriction, particularly those imposed by the Islamic faith on contemporary artists, such as the prohibition of the drawing of living beings. “The experience on a whole has been a trying one in terms of the fact that to become part on a discourse that runs parallel to the one you come from or are situated in or at many times clash in soul racking process,” explains Iliyas. “I have had to literally sell my soul to become an artist in the Muslim community. Hence my choice in title Soul – Out - a loss of my soul as sell-out.”




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