Category: Virtual Tours

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After a long day of wandering through a number of the Festival exhibitions, I found myself on High Street at an exhibition that I’m not sure most people were aware of. Located in a room that sits just before the infamous Long Table, the Cory Room was host to the 40 Stones in the Wall exhibition.

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During South Africa’s “War of the Axe“, Charles Bell documented events through  drawings and sketches.  Although a precursor to war photography, these sketches are haphazard and non-sequential. 38 of the original 60 drawings formed part of the Battleground exhibition at the 2015 National Arts Festival.

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In 2010, Monique Pelser’s father died of a rare motor neuron disease. A South African police officer during apartheid, Pelser’s father left behind objects, footage and documents that served as evidence of his life under apartheid. The exhibition highlights a forensic approach to understanding a man who Pelser knew as a good father but who arguably served as a part of the apartheid regime. Through analysing all this evidence, Pelser hopes to gain an understanding of trauma and the patriarchal figure of the father.

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History Will Break Your Heart Exhibition

Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner, Kemang Wa Lehulere showcases his exhibition History Will Break Your Heart at this years festival. The exhibition explores his artistic endeavours, as well as the works of other South African artists. For those that can’t make it up to the Monument Art Gallery, take a virtual tour of some of the exhibition.

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As one of South Africa’s most famous photojournalists, Jodi Bieber has had a prestigious career. Bieber has worked for famous media houses and won many awards. She began her professional career covering the 1994 Democratic Elections and since then she has been working all over the world.

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The Eastern Cape Visual Arts Exhibition is just one item on a rich menu of visual art at this year's National Art's Festival. Foyer, Albany History Museum, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, 6 July 2014.

The Visual Art Programme at this year’s National Arts Festival is a feast for the eyes. It focuses on fresh new talent while also celebrating art of the past. It celebrates local talent while bringing in artists from the rest of South Africa. From Hasan and Husain Essop’s exhibition on Muslim identity to a collection of Eastern Cape crafts, the visual arts programme has something for everyone.  

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Suspended with thick wires and secured with bolts, Wim Botha’s works seem to mean nothing and everything at the same time. If you don’t understand what this means, the virtual tour below might  help. If not, go and see it for yourself before the end of the 2014 National Arts Festival.

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Hasan&Husein

Hasan and Husain Essop, the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winners for Visual Art, represent only themselves in their panoramic photographs set in Cape Town.

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If a picture paints a thousand words then a virtual tour paints hundreds of thousands. Festival has so many arts exhibitions throughout Grahamstown, and many of them you won’t even see in the programme. One of these is AbaBhemu. This is an exhibition by 3 different Durban-based artists – each with his own unique style of art but all relating to the same concept.

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The Albany Museum currently showcases a new exhibition of art history – the 14/30: Goodman Gallery and the Standard Bank Young Artist Award exhibition.

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