Calls have been growing in Africa for the restitution of its cultural treasures, but French law strictly forbids the government from giving up state property. This issue was put in the spotlight in 2016 when President Patric Talon of Benin asked France to return items including carvings sceptres and sacred doors from the Palaces of Abomey. Now, experts appointed by President Emmanuel Macron will advise him to allow the return of thousands of African artworks held in French museums. This is seen as a radical shift in policy which could put pressure on other former colonial powers. To discuss this further, I'm joined by cultural expert Professor Pitika Ntuli.
A sculpture depicting Sarah Baartman, created by artist Willie Bester, has been on display at UCT for 12 years – and twice in this period was robed by students as a means of protest.
One of South Africa's most iconic anti-apartheid artists, Willie Bester is exhibiting a solo exhibition after eight years. Bester is known the world over for his powerful artworks made from mixed media, scrap metal and objects collected from scrap yards. CGTN's Julie Scheier met up with the artist in Johannesburg and filed this report.
Art serves as my voice, so I talk with things that I pick up and collect.’ Willie Bester (b. 1956)
We visited Ronald Muchatuta in his studio at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town. In this short video Ronald dicusses his use of the China bag pattern in his paintings.
Johannesburg, 10 May 2016 - Pitika Ntuli, a former freedom fighter and political prisoner, has turned to art to honour the apartheid struggle. Four of Ntuli’s sculptures will be auctioned by Stephan Welz & Co this week.
Background to story: Exhaust pipes, chains - some of the material used by black South African sculptor Pitika Ntuli.At present living in exile in London, Pitika does not believe in art for art's sake. Every work he creates must have a message - about the human predicament, and especially about the situation in South Africa.
A car, the wing of an aeroplane, a petrol pump and a canon are not unusual things in themselves, but when you find them in someone’s house it is quite alternative. If it’s the home of artist Willie Bester though, well then it’s all quite normal.
Willie Bester (born 1956) is a South African artist known for his installations made of found objects. Although Sotheby’s once sold one ...
South African Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu discusses the early years of her paining practice, her designs and pigments, and the preservation of culture in this talk at VMFA. The conversation includes Esther Mahlangu, Marriam Mahlangu, Grace Masango, and Richard Woodward (Curator of African Art). Ester Mahalangu (South African Ndebele, b. 1935) Ibala leSindebele (Ndebele Design) 2014 Acrylic on linen 2014.224 VMFA
Although he was born in a squatter camp, he never saw himself less capable than others. Pikita Ntuli hustled to get educated, while at the same time, fighting apartheid. Now, he is a leading academic and respected artist.
A brief introduction to some of Pitika Ntuli's spectacular sculptures.
Pitika Scent of Investible Footprints