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Friday, April 18, 2014


Thami Jali: Restless Spirit is an exhibition opening at the Durban Art Gallery to run into July.

Well-known KZN artist Thami Jali’s story is so much about South Africa’s recent past: the fractured nation, its diverse cultures, seemingly endless journeys and the hunger for an authentic artistic home.

“Jali’s work is intensely human and direct whilst maintaining a complex intellectual underpinning,” says Jenny Stretton from the DAG. “The work is beautiful, it buzzes in a way that marks it as current, contemporary, demanding the viewer’s attention. Much has been written of Jali’s obsession with structures: the artist returns time and time again to buildings, ruins, old shipping containers through which the artist peers, against which he crouches and to which he points in rage or sorrow. The constructions are never obvious metaphors but lead us inevitably to consider the structures we’ve been part of for most of our lives as South Africans.

Thami Jali: Restless Spirit opens at the Durban Art Gallery on April 29 and runs until July 20. For further enquiries please contact Jenny Stretton 031 3327 286.