Category: Mixed Media

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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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Antoinette Pienaar is a graphic designer based in Grahamstown who works under the umbrella of Woel Design.

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“I like leaving things open-ended,” says Monique Pelser, as she stands in the centre of her art exhibition, Conversations with my Father. “Very layered but intentionally framed so that everybody who comes in has a different experience.”

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Cape Town artist Francois Knoetze has created four wearable artworks including this one made of tins. Photo: CuePix/Ruan Scheepers

Francois Knoetze’s ingenious Cape Mongo is a searing exploration of contemporary South Africa, offering a punch to the emotional solar plexus. I left it teary-eyed.  Inside a hall tucked off Church Square – an area which most festivalgoers would otherwise have probably ignored – there are five sculptures made of trash (paper, plastic, metal and VHS tape).

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Project manager of Fragile Histories Fugitive Lives, Les Cohn, helps to set up Keith Deitrich’s exhibition at the 2015 National Arts Festival.  This is the first stop of a countrywide exhibition.  (Photo: CuePix/ Amanda Horsfield)

“Human beings are very cruel,” says Keith Dietrich as he stands before his exhibition, Fragile Histories, Fugitive Lives. Behind Dietrich, a muted triptych titled Book Two recalls the atrocities and crimes of the colonial era with prints, folds, and pins. It’s beautiful. The middle frame shows a Muslim woman whose torso is dissected by a pinned paper rosette. Rays of printed text emit from the centre of the rosette, where a biological drawing of a heart is suspended in white space. The frames on either side of the figure contain identical origami rosettes and anatomical illustrations of the female and male genitals.

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Kemang Wa Lehulere, is recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art. Photo: Aaliyah Tshabalala

Faceless busts are arranged among upside down, deconstructed school desks. Each steel leg wears a black gumboot with gold soles. Gold dogs preside over the scene, and empty music stands emphasise an eerie silence.

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The ArtTraction exhibition by Walter Sisulu students at the Albany Science Museum is bringing in good sales, especially due to the low prices for the work presented by the Diploma for Fine Arts students.

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Entering the small, dark exhibition room, filled with empty space and sound, the only light is that of the multimedia projection on the wall. You are not alone. This multimedia piece weaves together print images with earthy sound forming a hypnotising space.

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The list of art mediums becomes extensive when artists such as Mathias Chirombo decide to use butternut and sweet soup to create portraits, one of which he calls a “selfie”.

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Impressions of Rorke's Drift exhibition at Monument. Photo: Sara Steiniger.

Carving, etching and printing the life history and legacy of a Zulu community on paper for three decades is a noble and heroic endeavour.

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