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INTIMATE CONFESSIONS (article first published : 2008-04-24)

Kizo Art Gallery at Gateway is hosting “Intimate Confessions”, an exhibition of various artworks of an erotic nature. Due to the nature of the artwork, this exhibition is restricted to those who are over 18yrs of age.

Intimate Confessions is a group show that includes paintings and sculptures. A private collector has agreed to exhibit a fascinating collection of almost 150 wooden pieces produced by two talented Zimbabwean sculptors, Zephaniah Chuma and Isaiah Manzini, which are sure to attract much attention. Also included in the exhibition are works by Vanessa Berlein, Anthony Holmes and others.

Whilst “Erotica” has always been a subject that has been interpreted in art, it has mostly remained hidden behind close doors.

The private collector has explained that he found these works hidden in the back rooms of the sculptors who were reluctant to exhibit them in public due to possible repercussions by the authorities in Zimbabwe.

KwaZulu Natal has one of the highest rates of HIV in the world. This makes an exhibition of this nature very relevant to our province. It is important that we are able to freely discuss issues relating to sex that have remained taboo for generations.

Either way this Intimate Confessions is sure to create a stir during its run in the Upstairs Gallery at Kizo at Gateway until May 4.

More information from Nathi on 031 5664322 or email nathig@kizo.co.za or visit www.kizo.co.za




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