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Sunday, July 5, 2015


Slightly Off Centre is an exhibition of recent works by Themba Shibase, produced for the National Arts Festival’s official programme in Grahamstown. The exhibition runs until July 12.

In Slightly Off Centre, Shibase presents politicians, business tycoons, captains of industry and professional trouble-makers to highlight the contentious ideological issues facing contemporary (African) society.

Shibase is critical of an outmoded African patriarchal culture in which the regnant masculine ideals of authority, strength and dominance have given rise to a society based on male sexual entitlement, the abuse of women in the private realm, and dictatorial violence and corruption in the public realm.

In this body of work, Shibase seeks to engage “the underlying issues behind the slow pace of development on this continent”, where advance is retarded by hierarchical systems which extend to business, commerce and domestic life.

The exhibition runs until July 12 during the National Arts Festival at the Rhodes School of Fine Art’s Studio Gallery in Somerset Street, Grahamstown.

NAF Visual Arts Committee member Mandie van der Spuy will be conducting a walkabout on July 7 at 10h00. Tickets available on the NAF website and App. For more information visit