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SHOWCASE OF GANDHIAN HERITAGE AT KIZO (article first published : 2006-10-16)

Amid South African celebrations of Heritage Day this week, Umhlanga's Kizo Art Gallery has been involved in fervent preparations for a huge art showcase to commemorate the legacy of one of our nation's most famous adopted sons. Mahatma Gandhi's revolutionary political stance of passive resistance, and its accompanying ideals and values, will be reflected on during the Indo-South African Satyagraha Art Collaboration, which takes place at Kizo.

The tribute to Satyagraha will include previously archived photographs, cartoons, critiques and calendars depicting Gandhi and the launch of the movement in 1906, as well as the modern-day interpretations of the philosophy by 66 leading artists from South Africa and India. These remain the two countries most deeply affected by Gandhi's political approach.

The exhibition presents a captivating and diverse display of paintings, photography, litho prints, steel sculptures and collages thanks to the collective efforts of artists including Andrew Verster, Anthony Wakaba Mutheki, Simmi Dullay, Ignatius Marx, Sam Nhlengethwa, Lene' Pienaar, Sfiso Ka Mkame, Paul Lawrenson, Lindelani Ngwenya, Vanessa Berlein, Philip Briel, Hildegard, Gabisile Nkosi and Langa Magwa from South Africa.

Of the 46 Indian artists, it is KG Subrahmanyam who is the most widely acclaimed. His multimedia creation entitled The earth is given to us in trust depicts a kneeling Mahatma Gandhi espousing the wisdom for which he was so renowned. The piece is also the most sought-after contribution included in the collection. Other Indian artists include reputed names like Gulam Mohammed Sheikh, Sudir Patwardhan, Nilima Sheikh, Hakku Shah and Mahendra Pandya, as well as younger Indian artists for whom the concept of Satyagraha has been approached from an academic rather than experiential perspective.

Says Gallery co-owner Craig Mark, "The body of work to be showcased is astonishing in its ability to bring to the fore the importance of observing Gandhi's principles even in our modern world. I have no doubt that visitors to the exhibition will walk away with a renewed understanding of the man who changed the political landscape of both our country and India an entire century ago."

The exhibition is open to the public until October 15 at the Kizo Art Gallery at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping, KZN. More information at www.kizo.co.za or contact Kizo on 031 566 4324.




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