The title ‘Disrupting Patterns’ speaks to the alternative ways contemporary African art questions the construction upon which different cultural and historical narratives are built, which end up subverting the original meanings of what has been appropriated towards a move that disrupts the pattern. The artworks include various genres, such as painting, photography, mixed media and sculpture.
Multi award winning artist Adejoke Tugbiyele presents 3 of her sculptures created from grass brooms that speak to the ‘labour of the broom’, the African tradition of using a broom to sweep away negative energy and the female form.
Dr Esther Mahlangu’s globally acclaimed Ndebele inspired canvases create an interesting dialogue with the Zulu inspired contemporary abstract artworks of Ndabuko Ntuli and the Xhosa inspired contemporary beadworks of Philiswa Lila, Gerard Sekoto and ABSA L’Atelier winner. Ronald Muchatuta, the only Zimbabwean represented at the upcoming Stellenbosch Triennale, showcases some of his powerful illustrations and mixed media works that speak to migration and the lack of freedom of movement across borders.
Christiaan Diedericks, the master print maker, presents some of his works that work to disrupt the current order, commenting on social, political, economic and other injustices.
Aza Mansongi, an artist born in the Democratic Republic Of Congo, who now works from Cameroon, presents her large, energy infused canvases that represent lives spent servicing obsession for possessions, digital media, fashion, makeup and wealth. Despite their important disruptive message and the conflicted area from which she emanates, Manzongi manages to imbue her artworks with a palpable sense of humour that collectors are finding quite contagious.
Mandlenkosi Mavengere showcases his mixed media works on canvas, with a focus on the current economic crisis in Zimbabwe with his paintings of scenes from every day life presented against a backdrop of a bank note.
Other artists who are participating in the exhibition include Denis Mubiru, Esther Mahlangu, Willie Bester, Paul Blomkamp, Sfiso Ka-Mkame, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Papytsho Mafolo, Christiaan Diedericks, Ronald Muchatuta, Restone Maambo, Mandlenkosi Mavengere, Clint Strydom, Philiswa Lila, Aza Mansongi, Keith Calder, Ndabuko Ntuli and Andre Stead.
Venue: Melrose Gallery, One & Only, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm | Sat, Sun 10am to 5pm