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IN YOUR HANDS (article first published : 2006-03-30)

Based in Pretoria, Nkosi Ngcobo (24) grew up in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, and is highly skilled in the field of artistic graphic design and photography. He studied Graphic Design at Vaal Triangle Technikon where he made history as the first black student to graduate with a National Diploma since the establishment of the East Rand Campus, Fine Art Department.

Producing it from his own financial resources, he has launched the In Your Hands Visual Exhibition project. The project, which targets all provinces, was launched on September 1, 2005, in an electronic exhibition via e-mail which consisted of 12 rounds, featuring a symbiosis of pieces from diverse photographers and artists.

“The South African artistic community continuously strives to create innovative communication mediums to deliver art which inspires and motivates people from every walk of life,” says Nkosi Ngcobo. “The In Your Hands initiative was born from a dream to bring art home to people using technologies both old and new in celebration of how far we've come as an industry and as a nation. We are confident that this medium will play a pivotal role in engaging and developing a young arts audience, both locally and abroad.

“Most of the work I have done is inspired by real issues facing all of us every day such as HIV/Aids, Poverty and Politics,” he adds. “I hope that, through my work and coaching, I will be able to inspire other young and talented artists to believe in themselves and make their mark on society through their unique contribution to the arts.”

In 2003, Nkosi presented an exhibition at Brooklyn Mall (Cinema Nouveau) and in 2005 he took part in The Communication Awards in the ICSID Interdesign 2005 on Sustainable Rural Development in Rustenburg which featured 68 designers from around the world (see www.interdesign2005.org.za) His work has also been published in the second volume of Laugh it off Magazine.

To date, In Your Hands has featured the works of artist and graphic designer Nkosikhona Ngcobo (Round 1); photographer Siphiwe Zwane (Round 2); photographer Rikki van Zyl (Round 3); artist and graphic designer Nelson Ndlebi (Round 4), and artist and graphic designer Mark Prins (Round 5).

“The next phase will see the incorporation of print communication through the development of a book which will feature a consolidation of all the artistic contributions,” explains Nkosi. “I am currently compiling the layout and would appreciate any and all assistance in ensuring that we successfully publish this celebration of our country's diverse artistic talent. In addition, I have had the privilege and honour of working with some of our country's most prominent art photographers including Neo Ntsoma, Siphiwe Sibeko and Motlhalefi Mahlabe.”

Nkosi Ngcobo would like to feature KZN artists on the site. Artists are required to present 12 high quality images on CD, title of the artwork, medium and size. Also included should be the artist’s self-portrait with a background description of no less than 120 words).

Contact Nkosi on 072 122 5231 or 012 314 2805, or e-mail: nkosikhona@nkosikhona.co.za

For additional information or to view each individual contribution, visit www.nkosikhona.co.za and click on In Your Hands Visual Exhibition.




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