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Thursday, May 15, 2014


(Thami Jali)

Currently running at the Durban Art Gallery is an exhibition titled Thami Jali: Restless Spirit.

A well-known and respected Durban visual artist, his 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. 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 runs at the Durban Art Gallery until July 20, 2014. Further enquiries to Jenny Stretton on 031 3327 286.