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Thursday, July 30, 2020


(“4 x 4 Views”. Pic by P Menezes)

Now open for viewing is the KZNSA Young Artists' Project 2. Titled 4 x 4, it runs until August 16, 2020, from 09h00 to 14h00, Tuesday to Saturday.

(Left: Work by Jessica Bothma – “domkrag as verwalde liegde” (South African mating song).)

The show features the first solo exhibitions of Vuyolwethu Ndakisa, Jess Bothma, Lindani Nyandeni and Kundai Moyo. As part of curatorial capacity building in eThekwini, Yasmien Mackay and Kenneth Shandu were mentored by the YAP2 lead curator, Carol Brown.

KZNSA practices social distancing protocols and has a health and safety officer with training in Covid-19 screening.

This exhibition is the second in the Young Artists’ Project (YAP) this year. The concept of YAP was first released at KZNSA Gallery in 2002 and many of the artists who participated then, have now become international figures.

The title, 4 x 4, alludes to the format where four young artists each show a solo exhibition. The exhibitions are separate and yet invite us on a journey of contemporary art by young creators who, like a 4 x 4 vehicle, are going places and taking us into their conceptual territories.

(Right: “The faces I put on on different occasions#6” by Vuyolwethu Ndakisa)

The fact that this exhibition will be occurring during the time of the COVID-19 crisis makes the themes of the exhibitions more pertinent. The crisis has made us realise that art and life will change and that things will never be the same. The four themes are Love, Home and Safety, Identity, Tradition and the Environment.

The artists are all below the age of 35 and their concerns are topical and relevant to the socio- political environment in which we live. Due to current circumstances we will look upon these works in different ways and hopefully be reminded of what is important in our lives.

The YAP process provides mentorship to two emerging curators, Yasmien Mackay and Kenneth Shandu who are being led by Carol Brown, an established curator. The selected artists are Vuyolwethu Ndakisa, Kundai Moyo, Jessica Bothma and Lindani Nyandeni.

(Left: “Encounter 5” by Kundai Moyo)

In her exhibition, Figures of Love, Kundai Moyo sets out to explore the different manifestations of love in action through photography, video and text. In its attempts to unpack the nature of intimate human relations, the work begins to ask how love can become the vehicle for navigating our anxieties, social dynamics and economic realities.

Ndakisa’s exhibition Siyaqhuba is concerned with the everyday life of South African women and the home. She is interested in everyday objects and their underlying meaning, and uses fabric and stitching as well as sculpture and photography as mediums. Much of the work is text based and will be presented as an installation referencing significant rituals.

Jess Bothma is a sculptor and poet who will show a body of work that reflects on the multi-layered landscape of South Africa. Titled Passing Through, Bothma presents drawings, sculptures and installations that celebrate making, and investigate the historical and contemporary environment she finds herself in.

(Right: “Ubonakele” by Lindani Nyandeni)

Lindani Nyandeni is a painter whose recent work is a breakthrough in scale and content. Nyandeni draws upon his own history as a young man who grew up without a mother. His current bold portraits are a manifestation of a recent personal epiphany that has inspired him to share his new awakening in an exhibition titled uBonakele.

KZNSA Young Artists’ Project is made possible by Grant-in-Aid from eThekwini Municipality.

KZNSA Gallery is situated at 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwood, Durban. More information on 031 277 1705 or cell 082 220 0368 or visit