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Tuesday, January 24, 2023



(Above: Work by Alka Dass: “Tell me how long till it feels like home” (detail). Cyanotype, thread drawing, beads. 500 x 400 mm. 2022) (Pic supplied)

Recently opened at the KZNSA is their first exhibition for 2023, within the fibre of my being.

Curated by Sumayya Menezes, the textile and fibre art-based exhibition brings together six contemporary South African artists working with needle and thread to create richly evocative visual scapes.

A selection of historic textile pieces from the collection of the Phansi Museum provide an intriguing contrast with the contemporary work presented, showcasing the role of textiles in preserving histories and passing down otherwise-forgotten narratives.

The exhibition further includes work from members of Fibreworks, a group of about 50 South African artists working in fibre and textile mediums.

Among the artists are Sizwe Sama; Hannah MacFarlane; Alka Dass; Slindile Sithole; Bongani Luthuli and Mzamo Mlambo, with a selection of textile pieces from the Fibreworks group and the collection of the Phansi Museum

The exhibition is generously supported by the National Arts Council.