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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


(Work by Themba Shibase)

A new exhibition opens at Durban’s newly refurbished, landmark Gallery complex, the KZNSA.

The ‘after 20 years’ exhibition operates within the context of the anniversary of 20 years of Constitutional Democracy in South Africa. The exhibition is a large scale group showing across all the KZNSA precinct spaces, namely the Main, Mezzanine, Park Contemporary Galleries and the Durban Centre for Photography studio.

This exhibition is initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal Society of Arts (KZNSA) supported by the National Lotteries Distribution Fund as part of the KZNSA’s ‘Social Art Programme 2014/15’. The project, curated by Bren Brophy, coincides with national election day (May 7, 2014).

“The KZNSA is mindful of its own history and its commitment to a representative democratic organisational structure as outlined in its constitution. As such the KZNSA has a unique role to play in the South African Arts and Culture sector and operates with a rationale that is distinct from many of its more ‘commercial’ counterparts”, explains Brophy.

The ‘after 20 years’ project aims to reassess pre-1994 methodologies with the objective of presenting contemporary art making  paradigms that offer a more layered, inquisitive and investigative approach to artistic content and its relevance to the here and now.

“Following an extensive selection process, the 20 participating artists offer a surprising array of works in all mediums that are at times reminiscent of the frustration, despair and even anger that so typified ‘resistance art’ in the eighties” says Brophy. “Perhaps the exhibition asks more questions than it answers, I think that is what makes these artworks so thought provoking.”

The 20 participating artists are Andrew Nair; Andy Mason; Angela Buckland; Doung Anwar Jahangeer; Emmanual Bhakuli; Grace Kotze in collaboration with Vuli Nyoni; Jeremy Wafer; Karen Bradkte; Mbongeni Buthelezi; Nanda Soobben; Pascale Chandler; Paulo Menezes; Peter Mc Kenzie; Robert Domijan; Sifiso Ka-Mkame; Themba Shibase; Umcebo design; Vaughn Sadie; Wesley van Eeden and Woza Moya crafters team.

20: After 20 years, 20 artists runs from April 22 to May 11 at the KZNSA Gallery which is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, in Durban. More information on 031 277 1703, fax 031 201 8051 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit