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Monday, June 9, 2014


(Avitha Soonful, curator of the exhibition)

The !Kauru African Contemporary Art project’s 2014 exhibition, !Kauru: Rerouting Dialogue 1994-2014  is currently running at the UNISA Art Gallery in Johannesburg before it tours to five regions of the African continent.. This is the third year of this project which aims to stimulate conversations within Africa and internationally to facilitate a change of perceptions about the continent through its contemporary art.

This year’s exhibition has been curated by Avitha Soonful, a born and bred KZN arts professional who grew up and went to school in Verulam, outside Durban. She later studied a BA degree in Fine Art at the University of Pretoria, followed by a Master’s degree (1983-1991) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her Masters dissertation studied “The relationship between current feminist theory and contemporary art: A preliminary investigation”. On completion of her masters, Soonful spent some time lecturing at the University (1993-1994). She has developed a strong career as an artist, exhibiting around the country and internationally, as a published writer, project coordinator, moderator, manager, art professional and curator.

The curatorial vision for Rerouting Dialogue 1994-2014, is about unveiling the African truth,” says Soonful. The exhibition celebrates the continent of Africa as an integral player within the global village. More than 18 artists from to SADC countries have been selected to take part. Theses include Mohau Modisakeng, Diane Victor and Churchill Madikida from South Africa; Endale Desalengn from Ethiopia; Patrick Rorke and Stephen Mashaobathe from Lesotho; M. Alpheus Mvula from Namibia, and Anesia Zefenias Filipe, Gemuce and Lourenco Dinis Pinto from Mozambique.

!Kauru is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture’s international department.

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