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CARTOONS AND GRAFFITI (article first published : 2006-04-8)

The BAT Centre is currently hosting two exhibitions in their galleries.\in the Menzi Mchunu Gallery is an exhibition of cartoons by Armstrong Masondo and Thulani Ngcobo, and in the Democratic Gallery downstairs is an exhibition of Graffiti-inspired art.

The cartoon exhibition upstairs entitled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - runs until April 15. It is a companion to the three year celebration of tri-lingual community knock-and-drop paper, Thingolwezwe. The cartoonists contribute cartoons to the paper.

The scenes depicted in the cartoons comment on regional and national social issues, politics, newsworthy events, comments of stereotypes, commentary on issues of pregnancy and abortion and caricatures of public figures. Some are unashamedly hard-hitting and visually powerful for example, the image of a girl-child weeping for her mother on being selected during the annual reed-dance.

The intention is for this exhibition to be an annual event featuring the best cartoons to appear in Thingolwezwe every year.

Graffiti is the theme of the week with Artspace hosting Andy Mason and his team of gung-ho cartoonists and artists in Off the Wall an exhibition of Comix, graffiti, street art and performance. The BAT is covering similar ground with the exhibition of Durban Graffiti downstairs in the Democratic Gallery until April 15.

On April 15 from 18h30 there will be a closing jol featuring DJ Paperkut and Xtreme on the decks; Kasi Nama Suburb on the mic while graffiti artists create their work. Tickets R30 available from the BAT office.

For more information phone the BAT Centre during office hours on 031 332 0451.




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