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STORY BOARD (article first published : 2001-01-6)

The NSA Gallery is launching its exhibition programme for 2001 with the group exhibition Story Board. Opening on January 16 at 18h00, it is an exhibition built around storytelling on paper. Visual narrative, long eschewed by modernism with its distrust of anything illusionistic or allusionistic, was never entirely rejected by artists working outside modernism’s narrow confines.

Particularly strong in the South African tradition of township art or black artists trained by the missionaries such as Azaria Mbatha or John Muafangejo, it has remained prominent in a country, which has needed to maintain a human dimension to its art production. Story telling engages both the reality of social context whilst providing a place for the world of the imagination.

For this exhibition “narrative” has been interpreted in the broadest sense of the word – veering from illustration of myths and traditional legends to works that interrogate image/text positioning.

Story Board includes a selection of contemporary narrative works from artists such as Ingrid Winterbach, John Roome, Thembiso Sibisi, Gabisele Nkosi, Fran Saunders, Alistair McLachlan and artists of Sheet Magazine. The exhibition closes on February 3.




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