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KUSEMPONDOZANKOMO (article first published : 2000-08-22)

An exhibition of drawings by Nathi Jali, Zamaxolo Dunywa, Bongi Dube, Khwesi Gule, Wilson Mgobhozi and Gabi Ngcobo is currently running at the BAT Centre’s Democratic Gallery. The exhibition was originally curated by Victoria Mallett of the Alliance Française where it was displayed as part of Amasiko, the cultural programme of the recent XIII International AIDS Conference held in Durban.

Victoria Mallett met the artists while working at Artworks. She was impressed by the strength of their work and wanted to showcase it in an exhibition that would meaningfully confront a challenge facing contemporary South African society - Amasiko provided such an opportunity.

While curating her powerful exhibition, Mallet sought to shed light on the strength of the human spirit which lies behind all the stories of loss, horror, and devastation that surround common perceptions of AIDS. This led her to encourage artists to approach the subject in a playful manner. The result is a powerful celebration of the human spirit - an entity that can never be crushed.

Kusempondozankomo runs at the Democratic Gallery until September 10.




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