31 August – 7 November 2019 at A4 Arts Foundation
Opening event: 2pm, 31 August – Free to all
Curators: Dr. Bajabulile La Dhlamini Sidzumo and Thobeka Bhengu
Ikhono Lasenatali is a collaborative project with Sir Professor Muholi that brings together the work of twenty-five emerging talents from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in a celebration of youth, skill, possibility and the imaginary.
The project is curated by Dr. Bajabulile La Dhlamini Sidzumo and Thobeka Bhengu, members of the Muholi team, and is the second instance of the initiative. The first iteration opened in KZN this May 2019.
For almost two decades, artist and activist Sir Professor Muholi has used the camera and a global network of art institutions to address the social ills associated with the politics of race, gender and sexuality faced by South Africans and others globally. For Ikhono LaseNatali, Muholi aims to use their platform to redirect the international attention they receive to the practice of others: twenty-five young artists from KwaZulu-Natal have been commissioned by Muholi to reinterpret an image from their photographic series Somnyama Ngonyama: “…using their own mediums, speaking their own truth, or sketching what they saw and thought was right.”
A4 is a free to public, not-for-profit laboratory for the arts. It collaborates with artists to develop ambitious projects, nurture exchange and dialogue, broaden access and work towards a sustainable inclusive arts ecosystem. Ikhono LaseNatali brings these forces together in an integrated initiative about community, visibility and self-determined artistic practice.
In addition to the exhibition, the project entails a wide-reaching exchange with schools in the Western Cape to expose, engage and challenge youth to consider the tenets of inclusivity, creativity and collectivism.
This exhibition initiative begun in late 2018, Muholi commissioned 25 emerging artists to interpret photographic images from their ongoing self-portrait series Somnyama Ngonyama, a project that speaks to the social ills associated with politics of race, gender, politics, collectivism and sexuality faced by South Africans, and others globally. Collectivism and visibility are core values firmly rooted at the heart of the project. Muholi is an internationally celebrated and award-winning visual activist based in Johannesburg.
Originally a ‘Born in Durban’, Muholi recently returned home to give back to their community, and share their skills, wealth and expertise to help develop a younger generation of aspiring artists, thinkers and activists.
The IKHONO LASENATALI project also commemorates 25 Years of Democracy, with most of the commissioned artists from the ‘born free’ generation. The exhibition showcases the hidden or latent talent of these remarkable KwaZulu-Natal based artists who work in a variety of mediums and utilizing different techniques. These include wood-cut carving, beaded string, oil and acrylic on canvas and paper, pastel on paper and digital imaging, among many others.
Participating artists include: Nhlanhla Chonco, Mduduzi Dzanibe, Thalente Khomo, Lindokuhle Khumalo, Bongani Luthuli, Sthenjwa Luthuli, Morgan Mahape, Nkosikhona Majola, Mpilo Makhanya, Andile Maphumulo, Mthobisi Maphumulo, Buhle Wonder Mbambo, Mondli Mbhele, Ncumisa Mcitwa, Khulekani Mkhize, Nhlakanipho Mkhize, Mlamuli Mkhwanazi, Sphephelo Mnguni, Thembi Mthembu, Londiwe Mtshali, Nomusa Mtshali, Lungisani Ndlovu, Major Ndlovu, Lindani Nyandeni, and Zwelinjani Radebe.
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