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BONISA OPEN DAY (article first published : 2007-02-16)

At the next Open Day at the Bonisa Private Gallery in Kloof, Hussein Salim presents a new selection of artworks since completing his Masters degree in Fine Art at the Centre for Visual Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

To celebrate the occasion Bonisa Private Gallery together with Johans Borman Fine Art Gallery in Cape Town have sponsored a brochure of his artworks for the exhibition. The brochure includes a brief summary of Hussein’s background and gives a brief outline of the country Hussein comes from, the Sudan. The brochure will be a marvellous souvenir for visitors to the exhibition.

An extract from the exhibition reads as follows: “There is a sense of displacement and a longing to return to his country and this has influenced his art. As a great deal of art is autobiographical one can often see the nostalgia in his paintings.

“Modern Art in Sudan is a rich synthesis of heritage and their new global modernism or post modernism in which local influences are strengthened by the experience of Diaspora in the West. As stories of these artists reveal, their work reflects cross currents of ancient and contemporary Africa, Arabic, Islamic and Western influences. These pieces are a testimony to the sophistication and maturity of Sudanese artists – the quest of the pioneering members of the Khartoum school has matured into fascinating multifaceted and complex movement.”

With all the political turmoil in the country, politics has overshadowed the richness of the creative art and artists that have come from this region in Africa.

Bonisa’s Open Day takes place on March 4 at Bonisa Private Gallery at 47 Ronald’s Road, Kloof. More information on 031 764 0288




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