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KWA-SHUKELA GALLERY (article first published : 2000-08-23)

The Kwa-Shukela Community Gallery is the new gallery in the cane fields at Mount Edgecombe. The foyer of the new sugar industry building has been developed into an open style display and exhibition area. The beautiful Indonesian architecture with its imposing pillars and intricate beams create a perfect ambience for artworks.

Kwa-Shukela’s first exhibition is one that formed part of the Amasiko cultural programme of the recent XIII International AIDS Conference.

Living Openly was born out of discussions around media portrayals of people living with HIV/AIDS and the understanding that so often these images were harsh and stereotyped. Where people were ill, they were portrayed in bed, emaciated and downcast. Where people were healthy, their heads were invariably turned away from the camera – more often than not to protect their identities.

The exhibition is about HIV positive South Africans who are living openly with the disease. Through photographs by Gisèle Wulfsohn and interviews by Susan Fox, they tell their stories. Project co-ordinators were Warren Parker and Mandisa Mundawarara.

Kwa-Shukela Gallery is at 170 Flanders Drive, Mount Edgecombe (opposite Mt Edgecombe Health & Racquet) and only 10 minutes from the centre of Umhlanga.

The Gallery is now available for exhibitiuse by local artists throughout the year and the main "hanging space" is approximately 12 x 6m plus some peripheral wall pace. Gallery co-ordinator Kari Haesloop requests that artists and exhibition curators take responsibility for all hanging, logistical and marketing arrangements. Work may be previewed and sold at their own arrangement. A small "Hampers" canteen, housed on the lower terrace overlooking the wide verandah and cane fields, can provide cocktail functions of any kind.

Contact Kari at SA Sugar Association on 508-7027, fax 508 7191 or e-mail: karihae@sasa.org.za




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