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GESTURES OF THE RISING SUN (article first published : 2007-02-5)

Selloane Moeti to exhibit small scale drawings and paintings at BAT Centre in an exhibition titled Gestures of the Rising Sun.

“My work will be dealing with the concept of gesture and personal identity,” she says, “It is influenced by my experience as Sotho woman born in an environment that is foreign to my culture and tradition. As my name and surname suggest I was born in a family of the baSotho people –the people of Lesotho land.”

Born in Umlazi, Selloane Moeti is a fine art graduate who studied at Durban University of Technology. “While studying the History of Fine Art at DUT amongst a variety of learners from different backgrounds, including Lesotho, I found myself launched into conversation about who I am,” she says. “As this will be my maiden solo exhibition after three years of study, I have decided to invite the whole world into this discussion about identity.

“My exhibition will include small scale drawings and paintings. My work will be dealing with the concept of gesture and personal identity as it is influenced by my experience as Sotho woman born in an environment that is foreign to my culture and tradition.

“The exhibition will be a visual display of prodding into my past and present in attempt to discover the effects of this cultural dislocation. I investigate how my mannerisms have been affected by my Durban surroundings and how this may be related to the Sotho way.”

Gestures of the Rising Sun runs in the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery from February 9, with the opening at 17h00, to March 10. More information on 031 332 0451.




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