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ISIS X (article first published : 2008-03-7)

Currently running at the KZNSA Gallery is Isis X which combines, in an intriguingly visceral format, the intensity of the photographic image with the explosive poetic word.

By showing these two media side by side, and by drawing on diverse political situations and forms of language, the exhibition explores South African life experiences with a passion that lays bare the changing truths of our psychologies and societies. It is this dynamic interaction that sets the cornerstone of this exhibition of only women and by only women.

Based on the book by the same name, Isis X (edited and curated by Allan Kolski Horwitz) marks an exciting new direction for South African interdisciplinary creative growth. Publishers Botsotso note that “Such an openly women-only venture might attract projections of stereotyped feminism or effeminate style; however, neither is valid concerning this intelligent, varied, yet ultimately coherent collection. Ostensibly the biggest challenge in putting together an anthology of such size is attempting to create a sense of unity and congruency while maintaining the clarity and strength of each unique voice, and Isis X manages this very well.”

The compiled texts and visual images range from humorous personal insights to poignant social observations to spirited expressions of anger and hope.

Participating photographers are Neo Ntsoma, Suzy Bernstein, Riana Wiechers and Anna Varney; and participating poets are elsbeth e, Sumeera Dawood, Lisemelo Tlale, Elizabeth Trew, Anet Kemp, Baitse Mokiti, Myesha Jenkins, Arja Salafranca, Makhosazana Xaba, Riana Wiechers, Bongekile Mbanjwa and Anna Varney.

Isis X runs at the KZNSA Gallery until March 9.




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