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Monday, September 1, 2014


(“African Constellation” acrylic on canvas by Thami Jali)

Thami Jali : Restless Spirit is an exhibition curated by Jenny Stretton from the Durban Art Gallery which has just opened in the Main Exhibition Room of the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. The exhibition runs until November 2 at 17h00.

The exhibition celebrates this major KwaZulu-Natal artist who hails from Durban. 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. His life and work speaks of the pain and triumph of South Africa, and is intensely human and direct whilst maintaining a complex intellectual underpinning. He renders work about the grim, cold realities of the street that is optimistic and emotionally balanced. The work is beautiful, it buzzes in a way that marks it as current, contemporary, and demands the viewer’s attention.

Jali is obsessed 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.

The Tatham will host four Thami Jali Workshops - two Print-making workshops and two Pastel Drawing workshops. These will take place in the Tatham Art Gallery on September 27 and October 4 from 09h00 to 12h00 Cost R60 per day

Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Bookings through or 033 392 2811 or on 033 392 2823

Secure parking is available in the new parking lot on the parliament side of the gallery in Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Street.