ARTSPACE durban is hosting the solo exhibition, Umlambo Uzizwa nge Dondolo, by South African artist Bambo Sibiya, from Monday, July 20 to August 1. The exhibition has the support of the French cultural network of Alliances Française in Southern Africa, and ABSA L’Atelier Art competition.Sibiya, the winner of the prestigious 2011 Gerard Sekoto prize, exhibition is an exploration of the various aspects of township life, with particular emphasis on single-parent households and the position of men within these households.
Within this discourse, Sibiya explores the lifestyle of migrant labourers who left their families and moved to Johannesburg at the peak of Apartheid, in the hopes of finding work.
Sibiya’s visual and conceptual compositions are influenced by the characters which have become part of his experiences being one of three children raised by a single mother in KwaThema township, just outside of Johannesburg.
In his works, Sibiya captures women’s eternal fight for finding ways of feeding, nurturing, and protecting their children and families.
In the series of children’s faces, Sibiya invites us to celebrate the beauty and promise that children hold for the world, but never forgetting to make the viewer aware of the responsibility that one holds in shaping the future of South Africa.
Sibiya further pays homage to the township men who he and his siblings were surrounded by during childhood. Amongst these men, were migrant workers referred to as omuSwenka (the swenkas) who would regularly take part in amateur fashion shows to flaunt their immaculate fashion sense and cheeky attitude.
Rich stylistic detail and textures mark Sibiya’s linocuts and drypoint works, which seem to give insight into masculine identity and community on the streets of Johannesburg.
Sibiya has performed extremely well in South African art competitions in recent years: in 2012 he was a finalist in the ABSA L’Atelier top ten awards, and the winner of the prestigious Gerard Sekoto Award, which granted a three month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2013.
Working at the the APS Gallery, he has also worked on the large scale linocuts of several leading artists such as William Kentridge, Diane Victor, Norman Catherine and Colbert Mashile.
There will be a walkabout of the exhibition with Bambo Sibiya at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 21.
Also at artSPACE durban, at 3 Millar Road, Durban, is still point, a solo exhibition by Fran Saunders.
Speaking about her work she says: “I’m interested in changes wrought in the human psyche through discipline and sometimes pain, and the moments of grace which transcend apparent limitations.
“The alchemical colours and limited palette enable this focus by evoking the three main stages in alchemy: nigredo (blackening — burning off the dross), albedo (whitening — purification by fire), and rubedo (reddening — as the spirit is again made flesh).
“I however do not want to enclose these works in a single discourse but allow them to be open to multiple interpretations.
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