Group of artists cast penetrating gaze on African identity

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22 May 2017

The African Art Centre in Durban asks some serious questions about African identity this month. The theme for 2017 is 'OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World'.  


With this in mind, The African Art Centre asked selected artists to participate in an exhibition based on the premise "I am an African".

It's a big subject and the works on display at the little gallery in Florida Road strive to communicate the depth of this question with paintings, drawings and mixed media on topics that range from identity and xenophobia to the future of the continent.

Leaving the artists to interpret the topic as freely as possible, the exhibition becomes an exploratory world of doorways into understanding Africa.

Mbaliyethu Mabuza's charcoal and pastel piece shows African women moving forward. They are followed by indistinct figures who cover their faces, showing uncertainty and a sense of the ominous.

Keeping with his direct and clear style, Zakhele Hlabisa also focuses on women, with a simple piece in acrylic of a woman wheeling buckets across an arid landscape.

Sfiso ka-Mkame's African Goddess deals with African women in a more abstract way, emphasising their unique role in society by using bold colours and clear lines...Click to continue reading



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