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Monday, February 4, 2013


(“Door” by Raksha Gobardan. 2012)

Opening on February 5, the KZNSA Park Contemporary Gallery is to present Passage, a solo exhibition by Raksha Gobardan.

Passage is a construction of the artist’s identity, as a South African of Indian origin. The installation is the result of three years of experimentation with the use of mosaics and tiles as an aesthetic element, this in partial fulfilment for the Master’s degree in Fine Art (Ceramics) at the Durban University of Technology.

This process began with the collection of old doors. The use of the door as an architectural element suggests the idea of entering or exiting, evoking emotions and a sense of new beginnings.

Each door embodies the artist’s experiences; the tile installation beneath each door creates a literal and symbolic entry point. The work abounds with rich symbolism, drawn from Hindu and African cultures and speaks to the integrity and authenticity of the artist’s journey.

Passage opens with a public event on February 5 at 18h00, all welcome. The exhibition will then run until March 3 at the KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. More information on 031 277 1705 or email: